Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. They are joined by friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.
I’m going to be honest with you, the original Frozen is definitely not my favorite Disney princess movie of this generation of Disney princess movies. Frozen was just fine, but the love it got seemed to be very disproportionate to the film itself. In terms of Disney’s original animated features, I think Moana, The Princess and the Frog and Tangled are all significantly better than Frozen, and none of them seemed to get the love that it did.
That being said, I didn’t have huge hopes for Frozen II. It was abundantly clear why Disney decided to make this movie, given the overwhelming success of the first, but it wasn’t something that I was dying to go see or really cared about at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised with a movie that I actually did quite enjoy.
I think Frozen II did a lot of things right, and I think it may even be a stronger entry into the Disney catalogue than its predecessor was. I think the character development in this one was better than the first, and I think the story honestly had a bit more of a drive as well. You get a much better look into the personalities and differences of Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell), as the two embark on a different adventure than the first.
I think the way that Frozen II focuses on nature, and the role of nature in the lives of people, is a really smart route to take this franchise. You don’t get much of a look into why Elsa is the way she is in the first one, she just kind of has powers. In this one, you see her importance, the reason for the powers and the way she is able to use them to do good.
What also sticks out in this one, is that each character seems to have a given role and mission. It’s cool to see Anna really have her moment to shine, as well as Elsa. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) plays a more important role in this one, as you get to see his character develop better than in the first. I also think Olaf (Josh Gad) is funnier and more likeable in this than in the first, where he really did come across as whiny a lot of the time.
There’s some good additional characters, but the big focus remains on the bond between the two sisters. We get a better look into their family and their background, which I think is really what a sequel is for.
The best part of Frozen was the music, and Frozen II absolutely delivers on that as well. Give all the credit in the world Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who are credited as directors and story writers, because they delivered another phenomenal soundtrack in this one. There are fun songs, ballads, love songs and more, and the music captured that same magic as the music in the first.
This was a surprise to me. I really didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did, and I’m glad Disney delivered a worthy sequel to one of its most successful movies of all time. I may have to go back and give the first one a watch again, because this sequel does nothing but improve my outlook on the franchise as a whole.