Disney’s Frozen 2 is currently breaking box office records, and we’ve got our full thoughts here.
Back in 2013 Disney introduced the world to Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), their latest princesses who would become household names. Olaf (Josh Gad) would become the new well loved (or overtly annoying) sidekick. And of course, “Let It Go” would become a massive hit and would be drilled into our brains whether we liked it or not. Given the massive success of Frozen, Disney moved forward with a sequel to the animated film with this winter’s Frozen 2.
The new film features songs by husband and wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, sees the return of the original voice cast, and is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The story takes place three years after the first film, with everything going well in the Kingdom of Arendelle until elemental spirits begin to wreak havoc on kingdom and its surroundings. Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) take off on an adventure into the Enchanted Forest outside Arendelle to discover what is causing the spirits to attack and how to stop them.
The film is without a doubt a major improvement on the first film. While the first film is great and has plenty of wonderful elements, this film has much more depth and a greater message at its heart. The sequel also features plenty of fantastic songs from beginning to end that are much more memorable and desirable than some of the songs from the first film. But the film’s greatest element is the way in which it acts a mature and direct second part to the initial film.
The first film told a story of the power of familial love, and how accepting one’s truth can be liberating. The second film expands on both of those ideas in new and surprising ways. At it’s core that’s still the message to this series, but this second chapter in the series shows how these things can be applied to different aspects of our life. It asks how we can find love and acceptance from places we never realized. It shows that sometimes the things we have been searching for have been right in front of us all along. It also reminds us that sometimes the things we thought were being done to protect us, should be torn down so that we can find true happiness and peace.
Overall Frozen 2 is an amazing film that gives a good message to kids and adults alike. It’s easy to imagine that Disney could have viewed the film as a simple license to print money, and made a carbon copy of the first film. But this film truly does have depth and is worth the time and money to see. It’s also likely that you’ll enjoy it more than the first film, and personally I think the soundtrack for this is one of the best soundtracks in all of Disney’s animated film library.
Frozen 2 is currently playing in theaters. You can buy tickets here!
Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 5 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)