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“Frozen II” Is A Music-Filled Sequel To The Smash Hit Animated Tale

When Frozen came out over half a decade ago and, no pun intended, set the world on fire, it was only a matter of time until Disney made a sequel. Now, Frozen II arrives, hoping to recapture the magic of that global cinematic sensation. Though not on the same level of that delightful romp, this musical adventure is still easily enjoyable and interestingly mature. More on this in a bit, but it’s notable that the filmmakers opted to recognize that the children who fell in love with Frozen in 2013 are older now. It gives a slightly new angle to what’s otherwise an occasionally repetitive tale.

The movie is, obviously, a sequel to Frozen. This time around, change is coming. Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff), Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) and even Sven are about to embark on an adventure unlike any they could have dreamed of. Spurred on by a story from Anna and Elsa’s childhood, the group leaves Arendelle in order to travel to an ancient forest land, covered in mist. This enchanted part of their world holds many a secret, but it chief among them is the potential origin of Elsa’s powers. Not only are they hoping to reveal this secret, but they also need it, in order to save their kingdom from destruction. Adventures, lessons, and songs ensue, as you might imagine. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee return to direct, while Lee gets the screenplay credit (as well as a Story By credit she shares with Buck, along with Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Marc Smith). Christophe Beck again composes the score. Supporting voice work consists of Sterling K. Brown, Ciarán Hinds, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Jeremy Sisto, Alan Tudyk, Evan Rachel Wood, and more.

Once again, the animation and the music take center stage. The flick has some incredibly ethereal visuals, and notably, what they do with water is absolutely astounding. The songs are catchy and well done, with Into the Unknown poised to be this year’s Let It Go. For my money, Some Things Never Change, and especially The Next Right Thing, are superior. There isn’t a wink link, however. Unfortunately, the story didn’t enchant me nearly as much this time around. It’s good, no doubt about it, but the first one was great. Perhaps it was an unrealistic mountain to climb again, but Disney makes a worthwhile sequel that’s still ultimately a bit of a downgrade.

Frozen II is undoubtedly going to be a big Academy Award contender in Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, but what’s most intriguing about it is its relative maturity. There’s a darkness that rears its head throughout that could unsettle the youngest of viewers. It’s still 100% family friendly entertainment, but there’s a recognition that the original Frozen fans are a little older and can deal with more. The filmmakers put a bit more on their plates in that regard, which is a bold for a Disney production. No one is going to call this edgy, but it’s rather bold to see, all the same.

On Friday, audiences across the globe who made Frozen a sensation are poised to do the same for the sequel when Frozen II opens up. With even more music, raised stakes, and a built in affection towards the characters, this is going to be another huge success for Disney. If you and/or your family loved the first one, it’s almost a certainly that you’ll at least like this one. Take it in this week and see what you think of this latest animated epic…

Be sure to check out Frozen II, in theaters everywhere this weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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