Anna and Elsa Save the World in Frozen 2!
|A fierce Elsa leads her group in and out of danger in"Frozen II" (2019) (all pictures courtesy of Disney).|
|The IMAX poster features Elsa's dramatic confrontation with Nokk, the water spirit, in "Frozen II."|
|Anna and Elsa meet Lt. Destin Mathias (Sterling K. Brown), who has been trapped in the Enchanted Forest with his soldiers for 30 years but remains loyal to Arendelle.|
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.|
|Grand Pabbie brings the princesses important news.|
|Queen Iduna with young Anna and Elsa.|
|The fierce fire spirit is actually just an adorable salamander.|
|Anna and Elsa discover the wreck of their parents' ship.|
|Ironically, Elsa freezes and needs to be thawed out in "Frozen II."|
|Anna tricks the Earth Spirit into destroying the dam in "Frozen II."|
|Anna and Kristoff develop a special bond in "Frozen II."|
The Impact of Frozen II"Frozen II" is a film for fans. It greatly expands upon the "Frozen" universe and gives it context without really changing the "Frozen" dynamic. We learn the reason for Elsa's magic powers, for instance. Both Anna and Elsa wind up with specific roles to play with important purposes to maintain peace, but their relationship remains unaltered. "Frozen II" thus ties up loose ends from "Frozen" which many fans probably wondered about. Make no mistake, "Frozen II" is a beautiful film with new animation techniques which, in the most stunning sequence, give the character of Nokki a realistic liquid-like appearance. While the storyline is darker, that creates tension which otherwise would be lacking. In the final analysis, "Frozen II" is quite worthy as a sequel.
|Anna runs to the rescue on this billboard in Los Angeles.|
|Elsa is the true star of "Frozen II."|
|The two princesses make a great team in "Frozen II."|
Audiences quickly made "Frozen II" a success, so critical qualms don't matter. "Frozen II" is immensely popular with girls and women while also drawing some boys and men. "Frozen II" had the highest opening for an animated film of all time, and that speaks for itself. Many viewers seemed to like it as much as the original, but it's easier to please people who are already fans than it is to create new ones. During its opening weekend, "Frozen II" got off to a quick start and almost certainly will match the stellar box office performance of "Frozen." It set records for the best opening of all time for an animated feature film in France and the United Kingdom, and the best opening for a Disney or Pixar film in China, Japan, Germany, and Spain. "Frozen II" is a huge success and Disney was wise to make it.
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. 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."
|There are lots of fun surprises throughout "Frozen II."|