Frozen 2 opened in theaters on November 22. Almost six years after Frozen took the country by storm, we are finally getting the sequel we’ve all been waiting for. But, have we actually been waiting for it? Was a sequel really necessary? Let’s dive in to this in depth Frozen 2 movie review.
Frozen 2 Movie Review: Did We Really Need a Sequel?
If you have kids, babysit kids, have a niece or nephew or grandchild, chances are you know about Frozen. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf blasted their way into our hearts and homes over six years ago, and their immense popularity has yet to wane. True that no one is making “Let It Go” covers on YouTube with the ferocity that they once were, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see some variation of that franchise on everything from lunchboxes to sneakers for the next millennia. Frozen became a moment in pop culture that we won’t soon forget.
So, did we really need a sequel? I mean, it took them six years to get the second installment into theaters. A lot has changed in six years. My girls were almost three when we saw Frozen (and it was their first “real” movie experience to boot). Now they’re almost nine, and they are totally and completely different than they were when Frozen mania was in full swing. As I attempt to discuss our need for this sequel, let me give the spoiler warning now. Read no further if you haven’t seen Frozen 2 yet. You have been warned.
What Frozen 2 Got Right
Sequels are notoriously difficult to pull off. Just ask Cars 2 or Avengers: Age of Ultron (sorry, not sorry, that’s my least favorite Marvel movie). When you capture something so well in the original, what’s the point of a sequel? In the case of Frozen 2, there were a few things it got right.
First, the message of the film, as in the original, is on point. Learning from the past, moving toward a better future, loyalty to family….those are all messages I can get behind. The story of Frozen 2 was definitely original. Sure it was still based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Snow Queen,” but this film really felt unique.
As always with Walt Disney Animation, the animation itself was something to marvel at. Anna and Elsa had so many costume changes, it was difficult to keep up with which outfits I was going to be seeing at Halloween next year! It was a nice change of pace to not be “stuck” in winter because of Elsa’s powers, and I really enjoyed the animations of each of the the spirits. My girls liked the water and fire spirits the best, and I have to agree with them. They were fun and engaging, and the mystery surrounding them kept the magic of the story alive.
Frozen 2 also stayed true to itself and didn’t veer too far off course in telling this new story. One thing I hate about sequels is taking a character I’ve become attached to and changing them into something unrecognizable. Olaf is still the comic relief, Kristoff is still talking for Sven (my favorite), and Anna and Elsa are still struggling to figure out their place in their kingdom and family. Even with the new adventure, the characters felt like familiar friends we’ve all grown to love.
What Frozen 2 Got Wrong
Ok, time for the brutally honest portion of the review. What did Frozen 2 get wrong? The songs. Most of the songs fell flat for me in this one. I know, blasphemy, right? When you put the music in this film up against its predecessor, there just isn’t a true “Let It Go” moment. Sure, they wanted “Into the Unknown” to be that song, and it’s a great song, but it’s just not “the” song. Also, Kristoff’s hilarious 80s-style heartbreak ballad felt weirdly out of place. I laughed/cringed the entire time (maybe that was the point?). I don’t see myself, or my girls, belting out any of the songs anytime soon.
Also, Sterling K. Brown’s character was way undervalued in my opinion. I was so excited to see his name, along with Evan Rachel Wood, as some “new blood” in this film, but they both barely served their purposes of moving the story along. Anyone could have played Lieutenant Mattias. His role was, unfortunately, not memorable.
Frozen 2: See It or Redbox It?
From now on, I want to give you the “nitty gritty” when it comes to movie reviews. Why do you read them? What’s everyone’s bottom line? You want to know if a movie is worth seeing in theaters. It is no longer a “cheap” date or family outing to see a movie in a theater. So, is Frozen 2 worthy of your hard earned dollars and time out of your day to see it in a theater? Or should you just wait for the Redbox special?
I believe Frozen 2 is worth seeing in the theaters. However, I always advocate for “super value” pricing if that’s available in your area. Our local AMC theaters offer showings from 4-5:30pm that are $5.99 for adults and $3.99 for kids. That is reasonable pricing to me. It’s a rare film that will cause me to pay premium pricing (waiting patiently for you, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), and Frozen 2 is no exception. You, and your kids, don’t want to be left out of the conversation about this film, but don’t break the bank to go see it.