Before I write this review of Frozen II let me say this, I’m an avid 21-year-old Frozen fan. Translated: I’m not as obsessed with the film as little girls surely are but I have seen it multiple times and am a fan of the songs, particularly “Let It Go” which I sing to myself all of the time. So, once again, I love Frozen.
The film subverted what I’ve come to expect with Disney princess movies and told a modern-age story that felt poignant, inspiring, and downright beautiful. Plus, being someone who has a sister that I love to death, it made the story that much sweeter.
When Frozen II came out I couldn’t wait to eventually see it. The reviews weren’t scintillating but I was still intrigued.
Now, is Frozen II better than the first one? Easy answer, no, which isn’t surprising considering that the film didn’t even garner an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, but it was pretty entertaining. There are things about the film that I really liked and things that I felt didn’t connect this time around. So, I’ll detail this review in a pros and cons sort of fashions. Let’s get those cons out of the way first.
I loved Kristoff in the first film. He was charming, cute, sweet, kind, he was everything you’d expect in the not-so-obvious-but-totally-obvious love interest of Anna in Frozen. In this movie, he feels like Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World; he’s present but he shouldn’t be, honestly. I get it, little boys watch this film too and they need a male hero to cheer for but geez, he felt really out of place in this story. In fact, he was so out of place, there were at least thirty minutes of the film where he wasn’t even in it and I was not sad about it, I’m telling you.
His storyline felt like it was grasping at straws to stay connected to Elsa and Anna’s storylines, resulting in an over-the-top corny song (I think it was supposed to be a joke, at least I hope it was a joke) that probably singlehandedly concluded in this film not getting an Oscar nomination.
Too Many Mediocre Songs
Speaking of songs, there were too many of them. Once again, I get it, this is a musical, but there were too many songs that didn’t come across as both memorable or enjoyable. Every song in Frozen was worth memorizing and listening to more than once.
However, I have to say, “Into the Unknown” was kind of magical, (it’s in my head as I write this) and “Show Yourself” was breathtaking. Utterly chill-inducing songs that retained the magic of the first movie…and unsurprisingly both songs featured Elsa.
But like I said before, every other song was just a little meh and when a movie is filled with songs that can be a big no-no.
A Convoluted Storyline
Even though I recently watched this movie from beginning to end and followed the whole thing I’m still kind of confused in deciphering what the film was about. The story seemed to be yanking us this way and that to prevent from being predictable and even though I appreciate that tactic it was a bit disorienting.
We’re getting all of these revelations and truths of the past and nods toward the future throughout an adventure that feels a bit jumbled and busy at times. But at the end of the day, the film was truly about Elsa.
Frozen was Elsa’s coming-out party. Frozen II allows Elsa to embrace her true self, for better or worse. (I won’t tell you what happens because that includes spoilers but I will say this, the film went there. I mean, this movie definitely decided to turn to a dark place. In fact, I believe it took more risks than The Rise of Skywalker did, which is saying something.)
The New Characters
I liked the new characters, namely Lieutenant Mattias and this little guy. Oh my goodness, this lizard is SO CUTE! I was totally gushing.
If you were worried about Olaf not being as funny in this film, do not fret, he’s still as hilarious as ever. He was a real joy in the movie and his humor came across as natural rather than forced, which I appreciated. And he has hands down the funniest moment in the film, unsurprisingly. I’m talking about belly-laugh funny. I love Olaf.
Elsa and Anna
And of course, the best thing about Frozen II is Elsa and Anna, mainly Elsa. These two sisters are the driving force of this story and their bravery combined is always touching to observe. But, because this movie was truly focused on Elsa, Anna was a bit left in the weeds in this film.
The story was a bit too grand for the likes of Anna and Kristoff, two non-magical individuals, and so they were slightly swallowed up by this powerful journey of identity and truth-seeking that Elsa had to partake on. However, Anna’s conclusion brought a legitimate smile to my face. It was something I was not expecting and that drives the story forward in an exciting direction.
However, if you are an Elsa fan, this film did not disappoint. She was at her greatest yet, taking on the unknown with determination rather than fear, allowing us to watch her bloom into this ultra-powerful young woman right before our eyes.
She is an inspiring heroine, no doubt about it, and I absolutely loved her in this film. She had many of the film’s greatest moments, particularly the very last shot that’s covering me in goosebumps just thinking about it. This movie has turned me into a bonafide Elsa fan now.
My Conclusion of the Film
All in all, this movie had its moments but ultimately will I watch it again? Maybe, but not any time soon. And, unfortunately, it did not make me cry. Frozen did (and still does, to this day.)
This film is good but like Incredibles II, it could not summon that same essence as the first one, becoming yet another movie to suffer under the sequel curse. But if they decide to eventually make another one, I’ll totally be ready to see it.
I’m giving this film 88 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It’s good but it’s definitely not great.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.