Even after six years, “Frozen Fever” has never really died down. Just like a snowstorm from Elsa’s ice powers, a sequel to Disney’s gargantuan hit was inevitable. You would think that another feature would be dished out as soon as the iron struck hot (or in this case, cold), yet being Disney, time has to be taken to improve a craft to make sure that their newest moneymaker is better. In a way, it shows here. Not only does the animation look gorgeous and lifelike, the adventure seems to be more treacherous and the stakes are higher. Sadly, that is all I can say about this attempt to make snow fall twice.
For the most part, ‘Frozen II’ spends so much time showing off its splendor and entertaining its audiences with silly and awkward characters (and an even sillier musical number that will get a laugh out of music video buffs) that it tends to lose focus on what really matters: Its story. I am going to be one of those people that find ‘Frozen’ to be one of the most overrated/overhyped movies when there are so much better ones out there *Cough* ‘Big Hero 6’ *Cough*, yet its biggest strength lied with its combination of music, visuals, and story with only the humor being forced. ‘Frozen II’ improves the humor (I really enjoyed Olaf – voiced by Josh Gad – more-so, and found him less annoying than his debut), music (A couple of Elsa’s songs are gorgeous to watch and listen to), and visuals, yet leaves its story in the dust to the point in where it feels incomplete.
After finding that true love conquers all, Elsa (Voiced once again by the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem, uh… I mean, Idina Menzel) is more content living in Arendelle with her adorkable little sister, Anna (Voiced by Kristen Bell), Anna’s boyfriend, Kristoff (Voiced by Jonathan Groff), his trusty reindeer, Sven, and their snowman buddy, Olaf, who is given the power of permafrost (A clever trick to keep the character thriving in these movies).
We are given a plot when Elsa hears a strange sound that seems to be calling … or singing to her, and could possibly be a link to how she got her ice powers. Thus, our heroes set out on another adventure; one that involves monsters, warring tribes (with one of their leaders being voiced by Sterling K. Brown), and merchandising in the form of a salamander (Sorry, Baby Yoda).
‘Frozen II’ is by no means, a poor sequel, especially by Disney standards. The credit is given where it is due, showcasing Disney’s obsession with being near-perfect in the magic department. There is also no doubt that kids and ‘Frozen’ fans will enjoy it, yet for anyone else, it might be time to “let it go”.