Frozen II Review
by H. Thomas
‘While Anna and Elsa are, as usual, perfect characters, Kristoff’s point of view is where the film really shines – allowing a male character to express his emotions, even having a song about them, creates a brilliant example for young boys in what would usually be seen as a film designed “for girls.”’
Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad & Jonathan Groff
After the events of the first Frozen film, reunited sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) are settling into a happy life in the kingdom of Arendelle, with Elsa as Queen. However, something is bothering Elsa – and this time it isn’t her ice powers. She is the only one able to hear a voice sing, a voice which seems able to control the elements of her kingdom – and a voice which appears to be calling her. Worried for the kingdom, she and Anna, along with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), who is twice as concerned with the task of asking Anna to marry him, and the carefree snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), venture into a forest which no-one else could enter, and discover the people who were stuck there by magic long ago. The group must find out how to rescue these people, the mystery of their parents’ disappearance, and who the voice is that is calling to Elsa – and how this may all connect to Elsa herself.
Frozen was an instant success and has been well-loved by so many people across the world, so it was important that a sequel would do the story justice – and this film absolutely does. The storyline smoothly picks up where the first film left off, and the strong elements of magic are as beautiful as always, with a wonderful plot to show the discovery of Elsa’s true identity and coming to terms with the loss of her parents and who she was meant to be. While Anna and Elsa are, as usual, perfect characters, Kristoff’s point of view is where the film really shines – allowing a male character to express his emotions, even having a song about them, creates a brilliant example for young boys in what would usually be seen as a film designed “for girls.” The entire film is powerful and full of emotion, and this is particularly prevalent in the soundtrack, with songs such as Into the Unknown and Show Yourself almost surpassing the famous Let It Go in terms of power and emotion.
Overall, this sequel is a fantastic continuation of the story of Arendelle and its rulers, and is full of the wonderful Disney magic that is much-needed in so many lives.
Frozen II is currently available on Sky and on Disney Plus. It was rated U by the BBFC.