Review: Frozen 2

Anabella Matthews and Keela Delves

Frozen 2, the sequel to its hugely successful predecessor Frozen, debuted in theatres on November 22, 2019. The sequel received a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed a total $924.3 million worldwide and $236.354 million in North America alone since its release. 

Frozen 2 takes place in autumn. Throughout the movie Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, hears a “call” that carries throughout the whole movie. Elsa and her sister Anna set out on an adventure accompanied by Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.  

The group enters the Enchanted Forest where they encounter Arendelle’s soldiers and the Northuldra. Elsa and friends realize that the magical elements are unbalanced and need to be corrected. Elsa sets out to mythical land “Ahtohallan” mentioned in a song sung by Elsa and Anna’s mother in their youth. Elsa attempts to travel to Ahtohallan in hopes to save Arrendelle.  

Frozen 2, viewed from surface level is a decent movie, but when you begin to dive deeper, plot issues and unsuccessful songs can be encountered. 

Oddly, there doesn’t appear much of an antagonist. Arguably, there is the “antagonist” of the magical elements, but that argument is weak. The first movie included interesting antagonistic villain Prince Hans. The exclusion of a major antagonist makes for a less interesting plot with no character to root against. 

The movie sees the return of the original celebrity cast as well as a few newcomers, including Sterling K. Brown and a more extensive role for Evan Rachel Wood, voicing Anna and Elsa’s mother. The movie also features a brand new soundtrack performed by the cast.

The jewel of original Frozen, “Let it Go” was heard on radio stations worldwide after the movies debut. “Into the Unknown,” the “big hit” of the sequel was a let down in comparison to the booming success of the original hit. 

The 150 million dollar sequel was hoping to draw in original Frozen fans. “When I’m Older” by Josh Gad, who voices Olaf, tackles the idea of growing up, a nod to returning fans that are now watching the sequel years later. 

The teaser trailer alone acquired 116.4 million views in its first 24 hours, a huge success for the franchise. 

Frozen 2 has been nominated for two Golden Globes for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song- Motion Picture for featured song “Into The Unknown” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

The soundtrack of the sequel was incomparable to the original in popularity of the original Frozen. “Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2’s most popular song, was nowhere near as popular and catchy as classic “Let it Go.”

Though this movie includes elements that are arguably better than the original movie, Frozen 2 does not compare to the original success of Frozen. The soundtrack was incomparable to the original in popularity of Frozen. The original Frozen movie was the first movie to present the idea of sisterly love healing a frozen heart, the first Disney movie to show viewers that they don’t need a “Prince Charming.” The sequel included less of the sisterly love idea that made Frozen such a hit. Not to say that Frozen 2 isn’t worth the watch, it just under delivers. 

Frozen 2 is now showing in theaters worldwide.