Frozen II Review: Never letting it go

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Story by Fatimah Ali and Bridget Petersen, News Editor & Centerspread Editor

The release of the sequel to the movie Frozen was long-awaited by excited fans. It was released on November 22nd of this year and has already made $738 million globally, according to CNN. The original Frozen film nabbed the title of the highest-grossing animated movie of all time; it’s popularity gained it a Broadway adaptation, a Disney short, a Disney world ride, and now, a sequel, which has been met with amazing success, breaking records for it’s thanksgiving weekend opening.

The two movies have not only expressed the power of familial love, but have also addressed unconventional themes such as feminism and acceptance of oneself. The original Frozen movie dealt with the idea of unexpected change within oneself and the challenges it comes with, including how that change is perceived by people around you. The sequel has a much more conventional story. It takes place about three years after the first film was set in and with the aging characters came a more mature story line likely aimed towards the aging audience who saw the original film six years ago but still introduces themes new themes which received praise in the media, especially how Kristoff character was handled in the movie.

“I was really proud of the first movie because we delved into themes like self love and familial love and in this movie, we went more into some romance and I think the thing that I am proudest of is the way they represented Kristoff. In the first movie it focuses on two females– it’s great– but in the second movie, Kristoff has a song called ‘Lost in the Woods’ and it is about his big feelings for Anna and little boys don’t often see representations of other boys having really big loving feelings,” said Kristen Bell (Anna’s Voice Actor) in an interview.

However the film still faced lots of critiques by the audiences whose expectations were set high by the phenomena of the original film. 

“I did like Frozen 2, but I was slightly disappointed,” said senior Liana Prograr. “I thought the message was good, it’s strong and empowering just like Frozen‘s message. The animation as usual was great. The film only fell short in two places, the plot although good, was rushed at the end. If they would’ve taken like half an hour more they could’ve made it so much better and cleaner. And then the soundtrack, I did like it, but it just wasn’t as good a Frozen‘s. The songs weren’t as catchy. No matter how hard Into the Unknown tries it could never ever top Let It Go. Overall, a solid 8/10.”

The issue with timing in the film is due to time restrictions, since the movie had to be cut down to about half of what the actors recorded, according to Josh Gad (Olaf’s voice actor) He mentioned in an interview how overtime the story adapts to the changes in terms of recordings done over a time span of three years. The new addition to the story addresses questions that were not answered in the last film. It progressed from the fate of Anna and Elsa’s parents, the reason why Elsa has her powers, to more mundane questions like how the main cast’s relationship has adjusted, and how Anna and Kristoff’s relationship has developed. 

“The pacing of the story was slow and the narrative wasn’t very coherent,” said senior Talya Aggarwal. “However, the comparison of the animation from the original movie to the current shows dramatic improvement and vivid detail. The songs were also far more incredible than the original movies as Idina truly delivered her powerhouse vocals in an extraordinary way as Elsa.”

Frozen 2 had elements that most successful Disney classics have had with the usual adventure and safe resolution ending. The plot of the story also included a “secret siren” that tempted Elsa to go in search for the truth, a reference to the Sirens in Greek mythology, which Disney had previously incorporated in an episode of the DuckTales. Overall, the presentation of the movie lives up to the hype with stellar animation sequences topping the quality in the original, new and intricate costume and set designs, and an amazing soundtrack with songs that attempt to compete the original Let It Go, a show-stopping and most successful Disney song of all time. 

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