Anna and Elsa Return in a Darker Frozen 2
|"Frozen II" (2019) features more magic by Elsa (all pictures courtesy of Disney).|
As you might expect, the experience of watching "Frozen II" thus is similar to watching the original film. Let's take a close look at "Frozen II" both as an individual film the continuation of a franchise.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee directed "Frozen II," and the screenplay was written by Buck, Lee, Marc E. Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Robert Lopez. It stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad. The Lopez husband-and-wife team wrote the songs, while Christopher Beck wrote the score. The "Frozen II" production company was Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributed it.
The Frozen II StorylineThe events of "Frozen II" are set three years after the conclusion of "Frozen." Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and their travel team of Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven undertake a journey of exploration from their kingdom of Arendelle.
|King Agnarr with young Elsa and Anna.|
Unfortunately, King Runeard perishes when a fight occurs, and in response, the basic spirits of the elements of earth, air, fire, and water depart the Enchanted Forest. Runeard's son, Agnarr, somehow escapes from the Enchanted Forest with the help of a mysterious entity, but everyone else is trapped there until the basic elements return.
|Grand Pabbie gives Elsa some advice.|
|Queen Iduna helps to set things in motion in "Frozen II."|
A tornado attacks, but Elsa uses her magic powers to turn it into ice sculptures. These sculptures are images from Agnarr's past and show that his mysterious savior was their mother, Queen Iduna of Northuldra (Evan Rachel Wood).
|The fire spirit turns out to be a cute salamander.|
|Elsa confronts Nokk, the water spirit, in "Frozen II."|
There, Elsa learns that the mysterious voice which initiated their journey was that of her mother, Queen Iduna. She further learns that nature bestowed upon her magic powers due to Iduna's rescue of Agnarr. This makes Elsa the fifth spirit.
|Somewhat ironically, Elsa freezes solid in "Frozen II."|
|The earth giant in "Frozen II."|
|Anna and Kristoff in "Frozen II."|
|The prominent "Frozen II" billboard in Hollywood places Anna in a distinctly secondary position and gives Elsa a sinister appearance.|
The Impact of Frozen II"Frozen II" greatly expands upon the "Frozen" universe and gives it context. Elsa's magic powers now have an explanation and both Anna and Elsa have specific roles to play with important purposes to maintain peace. In that sense, "Frozen II" is a fitting companion to "Frozen" and not just a completely new adventure using the same characters. "Frozen II" is a beautiful film with new animation techniques which give the character of Nokki a realistic liquid-like appearance. The storyline is a bit darker, with some subthemes that seem misplaced in a children's film. Overall, as a sequel, "Frozen II" is quite worthy of the original film.
|Another "Frozen II" billboard dispenses with the secondary characters altogether. Advertising like this seems to be saying, "I'm back, and boy and I mad."|
|Elsa learns the dark secret of Arendelle in "Frozen II."|
|Anna and Olaf go for a ride in "Frozen II."|
|It's all about Elsa in "Frozen II."|
ConclusionEveryone experiences film differently, which is part of their magic. Personally, to this viewer, "Frozen II" was a bit underwhelming. It did not capture the magic of the original "Frozen," admittedly a groundbreaking film that managed to capture the public's imagination and become a cultural touchstone. Those types of experiences are very rare. I am not in the target demographic, while "Frozen II" is virtually obligatory viewing for tween girls. I can only say that the craftsmanship is there and "Frozen 2" does what it sets out to do: add a new chapter to the continuing saga of Anna and Elsa. And, it does so in a superior but hardly groundbreaking visual style. Anyone who wants more of the same likely will be pleased, but expecting the same kind of exciting experience of the original, which was fresh and new, is likely to lead you only to disappointment.
The creators of "Frozen II" know their intended audience and oriented things with that in mind without taking too many creative chances. There is nothing groundbreaking in "Frozen II." In fact, "Frozen II" is exactly the type of sequel that you would expect when the powers-that-be don't want to tinker with a winning formula. If you saw the original "Frozen," you know exactly what to expect in "Frozen II."
|Elsa and Anna, together again.|