The highest-grossing animated film of all time has returned with a sequel! Disney’s Frozen 2 opens in theaters this November and my son’s and I had the opportunity to screen the film early. We’re sharing our exclusive Frozen 2 review of this family-friendly film below!
I was invited as media to cover this screening. All opinions are my own.
Disney’s Frozen 2 Review
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
Our Frozen 2 Review
I love that this film begins with a throwback to Anna and Elsa as young girls with their parents. It seems like their parents were only a blip in the first film, so it was nice to see more family memories brought into the sequel. One night their father shares a story about how their grandfather passed which includes an enchanted forest beyond the fog. Fast forward to the present where the girls are maturing into their roles, Elsa as Queen of Arendelle, and Anna as the younger and still curious sister. The sisters bond is even more secure, yet something starts to pull Elsa away. She’s hearing voices – don’t worry it’s not like that – but the voice is pulling at her from beyond the fog and she’s reminded by the story their father told them so long ago.
When Elsa can no longer bear it, she finally confides in Anna and the two, along with Kristoff, Olaf and Sven set off on an adventure to find answers. Elsa’s powers allow them to temporarily cut through the fog, only to discover their now locked into the enchanted forest and there’s mysterious magic around them. Soon they encounter members of the Northuldra tribe, the ones their father told them about as kids. Is the story true about their grandfather’s passing? And why is the voice calling Elsa?
Olaf has some competition as far as cuteness in Frozen 2 with this adorable salamander named Bruni. While Elsa and Bruni start off on bad terms, they quickly grow a fondness for one another.
During their time in the enchanted forest, Elsa becomes concerned that this adventure is too dangerous for the others and pushes them away. Meanwhile, Kristoff has truly gotten lost in the woods which cues one of seven new songs in the film, “Lost in the Woods.” The song is inspired by 1980s glam rock songs (he even gets wind in his hair) and will be a nostalgic reminder to all the parents of some of their favorite 80’s bands like Queen, Journey, and Chicago. It’s a really funny moment!
The original Frozen film had 10 songs, while Frozen 2 only has seven. I would say my only disappointment would be that none of the songs in Frozen 2 are overly catchy or songs I feel will be huge hits like, “Let it Go.” But maybe that’s a good thing for all the parents out there? LOL!
Do I believe the long-awaited sequel will live up to its hype? Absolutely! My boys actually thought Frozen 2 was better than 1 – if that’s at all possible. I would say it’s a definite must-see and that I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing it many more times actually. So I highly recommend pre-ordering your tickets for this weekend as I’m sure it will be a box office hit!
One note of caution for your youngest family members that may be a bit sensitive – there is a more dramatic, sad scene, but with all great Disney films, you’ll be happy with the outcome in the end! 😉
We hope you enjoyed this spoiler-free Frozen 2 review!