Movie Review: ‘Frozen 2’ is a Worthy Holiday Sequel

‘Frozen’ was one of the biggest hits of the last decade. It made over a billion dollars in its theatrical run. It had one of the highest selling soundtracks in recent memory. It has spawned one of the largest product lines in the world. And parents of little girls around the world are still posting videos of their kids singing “Let It Go”. So, it was always inevitable that a sequel would come along. The question was exactly what they would be able to do to meet the skyrocketing expectations.

Well, the answer seems to be that they would come up with more songs, more characters, and more comedy. Which is pretty standard in the sequel playbook. The movie also can’t help but remind you several times about the events of the last movie. The good news is that this sequel also has more family, more magic, and more heart. All of this comes together to deliver a pretty satisfying excuse to take a step back into this world.

The film picks up shortly after the last one. The kingdom is in great shape, our characters are happy, and everyone is living happily ever after. But there wouldn’t be a point for a sequel if it stayed that way. So, the change to this happily ever after comes from a supposedly ancient call that only Elsa can hear. She believes that this call is coming from a forest that her father taught her about as a child. She knows that she has a great life, but also knows that something is missing. So, she lets the call of the mountain in and it leads to a new adventure.

This time around, the whole gang is together for the adventure. Kristen Bell is back as the strong willed Ana, Josh Gad gets to do more hilarious work as Olaf, and Jonathan Groff reprises his role as Kristoff. There are also some new additions voiced by Evan Rachel Wood, Jason Ritter, and Sterling K. Brown. However, this whole thing is really about the main characters, discovering their place in the world, and their relationship with the parents they lost long ago. Well, that and fighting a bunch of rock monsters.

There is also a lot of metaphors here for adults to catch. In fact, the connection here between the way white Englishmen were to the Native Americans and the fact this is coming for Thanksgiving is not particularly subtle. Yet, any heavy themes are overshadowed by wonderful new songs and hilarious moments. Children and adults of all ages will be singing in the aisles for this wonderful holiday film.

Nathan Ligon

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