The kingdom of Arendelle is in crisis again. Angry spirits have descended on the peaceful land, and it seems drastic measures will be needed to save the day. It looks like Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) will be at it again. Along with their trusty companions, they must journey to an enchanted forest to unravel the mysteries of the past and the origin of Elsa’s magical powers.
Often, we see a sequel attempt to cash in on its predecessor’s success rather than truly upping the ante or offering something different. In this case, Frozen 2 does not fall into this common trope and deserves credit for pushing boundaries a bit and getting growth out of both its characters and story. Frozen 2 excels visually, as is expected from a Disney production, with potentially better use of color than its predecessor. Musically, the film comes off well enough, and there are some memorable moments to be found in this regard. Though the second installment has nothing that even comes close to the phenomenon of “Let it Go” from the original Frozen, Frozen 2 doesn’t try to rehash the glory days.
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Despite its strong points, the sequel does not deliver on all fronts. The film’s pacing is off and feels rushed at times. The first half of the movie sees a lot of exposition hurled around in a frantic hurried fashion, and this doesn’t do Frozen 2 any favors when it tries to resolve its more serious plot threads in the second half. This is likely a result of the film’s target audience, which isn’t necessarily looking for a two-and-a-half hour epic-movie experience. Still, the movie would have benefited from 10 or 15 extra minutes of screen time, assuming it would be used in the right places.
These missteps keep Frozen 2 from living up to the reputation of the original, though it is still a good film in its own right. The inevitable comparisons aside, Disney seldom releases a dud, and Frozen 2 is no exception. The film gets laughs when it needs to, has plenty of action and excitement and tugs at the heartstrings, all in appropriate measure. It is ultimately a welcome entry in Disney’s catalog of family-friendly hits and will be enjoyed by fans of the first film.