“Frozen II” Has A Colder Reception


Bradley Hare

On the bright side, the cold never bothered me anyway.
It would be foolish to say the original “Frozen” film was
anything besides a massive
success for Disney. Merchandise flew off the shelves, movie tickets were bought out and sold out, becoming Disney’s biggest box office animated hit, and do I even need to mention the song “Let It Go”?
Of COURSE, a sequel was going to be made; Disney would be ignoring free money if they didn’t, not like those live action films aren’t already doing that for them. The real question is that if the film delivers on quality.
It’s been years since the events of the first “Frozen” movie, and the main cast, especially Elsa and Anna, are hoping that nothing is ever going to change that.
Unfortunately, thanks to Elsa’s ice magic, nature spirits from up north in a land called Northuldra break out of a sealed mist and threaten to destroy Arendelle.
Now it’s up to Elsa and Anna to go out to save the land once again, teamed up with the goofy snowman Olaf and Anna’s wannabe husband, Kristoff.
It’s a Disney movie, so alongside princesses and fantasy elements, gorgeous graphics are next on that checklist, and by whatever deity Disney sold their studio to, does the film look stunning.
Particle effects of ice and fire look absolutely amazing and realistic, creating lovely paths of the cold crystals of the ice and the burning fury of the fire. The details on the characters look more or less the same, but considering just how well done they were designed in the first film, this is hardly a complaint.
Speaking of characters, this does lead into one big complaint the film does have; outside of Elsa and a bit of Anna, every one of the original cast members felt pointless, like they were only brought back to sell more toys, which considering Disney nowadays, I highly believe that theory.
Olaf is just the wacky comedic relief, save for two scenes with him doing charades and reenacting the plot of the first movie, he’s worse than the first movie, and Kristoff is just the predictable subplot of the guy trying to propose for the movie and failing.
Thankfully, the story these characters are revolving around is rather intriguing and suspenseful. The adventure is consistent on the stakes and drama, even if both of them are lower than the last movie. There are definitely high points in the movie, like seeing Elsa’s attempt at crossing the sea fully playing out, and the moment before that, but there are also low points, like the songs.
You can tell that Disney REALLY wanted another “Let It Go,” but while that song was so good it made the writers decide to make Elsa the hero instead of the villain, (yes, that was actually the story) none of these songs carried that same power, catchiness, or credibility.
The closest we got to “Let it Go” is “Into the Unknown”, which as nice as it is, is also wishy washy, with Elsa wanting nothing to do with adventure at the start, and somehow convincing herself to go on an adventure in the end. Then there are the other songs, like Olaf’s and Kristoff’s songs, making me wish they were axed from the story even more.
However, I can definitely say I enjoyed it more than disliked it, but if this is the direction the series is trying to race towards, than Disney really needs to do us all a favor and let this franchise go.
Overall Score: 6/10