DIRECTOR: chris buck and jennifer lee (frozen)
starring voice talents of: idina menzel, kristen bell, jonathan groff, and josh gad
REVIEWER: emily carter
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.
We ALL loved Frozen upon its release in 2013. So much so that none of us have really been able to Let It Go (sorry, I had to). Does this bode well for number 2, or are we ready for another dose of Disney ballads surrounded by snow?
I'm beyond happy to report that Frozen 2 is pure joy. We catch up with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna who are taking care of Arendelle, and all appears to be running smoothly - but soon Elsa is feeling some unrest. She's hearing faraway sounds and knows something is afoot. With Arandelle under threat by mysterious magic, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf journey to an autumn-bound forest to figure out what is causing these mysterious occurrences.
Where there's magic, there's always mystery and Elsa has boundless amounts of both. Frozen 2 digs even deeper into the sisters' pasts and the history of their picturesque kingdom that's now under threat! Expect powerful Elsa ballads (especially the prediction for the new Let it Go - Into The Unknown), a tongue-in-cheek number by Kristoff and a wee bit of Anna and Olaf too (I wish there had been more!).
As I am keenly aware of, Frozen 2 is entirely animated, however I found myself green-with-envy over the wardrobe. And while I feel weird saying it, Elsa's dresses are stunning.
Upon further research, it's worth mentioning that the team behind Frozen 2 consulted with indigenous groups before representing a large portion of the story in the film. The fictional Northuldra tribe was respectfully portrayed and became a memorable part of the storyline, well done Disney.
Really, I wanted to dedicate this entire review to the REAL star - Olaf. As to not disappoint Mr Editor, I digressed, but this paragraph is for the snowman of all snowmen - Olaf. With the lines you'll keep repeating, the jokes that had the cinema roaring and the voice of Josh Gad - he's humour for young and old all wrapped up in ice, twigs and a carrot. What a star.
While some may step out thinking there's no WAY this can compete with the bangers from number one, I'd beg to differ. Give it a minute and we'll be putting Let It Go back in the freezer.
A true spectacle, massive music, and OLAF - Frozen 2 won't disappoint.