Appealing animations make ‘Frozen II’ magical to watch

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“Frozen II” directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, featuring Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Gross as Kristoff and Josh Gad as Olaf.

In the sequel of “Frozen,” sisters Anna and Elsa embark on a new icy journey. The movie goes back to when Anna and Elsa were younger, and their parents told them a story about a magical forest. Elsa causes a storm upon Arendelle when she hears a mysterious voice from far away calling her name. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf go on an adventure and learn more about the reasons of Elsa’s powers and the truth about their parents past. Through all the hardships of the journey, the love that the sisters share ultimately saves their people. 


The plot of the movie is very sophisticated and has a lot of components and hidden messages. The emotional story includes feelings of loss, especially when they find out more about the truth of their parents. The conflict between the people in the enchanted forest is interesting, and the plot twist really did catch me by surprise. It also had a lot of moments during the movie about being an independent woman. The storyline continues the message about family and sisters being there for each other. The sequel definitely addressed more topics compared to the first movie and did a great job of conveying them, but there was an overwhelming amount of messages, which can cause confusion.  


The animation of the film was very eye catching and different from the original “Frozen.” The way that the Enchanted Forest and the mystical powers looked  was very interesting, the colors shooting ice and diamonds made it engaging. The elements of nature like fire, ice and wind was represented in a fascinating and different way. For example, the color of the fire when it was touching the ice. The components of the changes in scenery and land looks really cool and changes the mood of the film. 


 “Frozen” consists of a lot of new songs much like the prequel. Songs like “Into the Unknown” and “Show Yourself” gives more context about what Elsa feels about her powers and adds emotion to the film. I felt like “Show Yourself” was the new  “Let it Go” of Frozen II because Elsa uses her powers during the song and has a powerful presence and attitude for both songs. In “Show Yourself”, Elsa sings“ I have always been so different” and later in the song she overcomes her internal conflicting thoughts and says she is “no longer trembling” and further talks about how far she has come, which is empowering. Other songs in the movie like “Lost in the Woods” sung by Kristoff and “When I’m Older” sung by Olaf make the film more light hearted and humorous. “Lost in the Woods,” in particular, was very catchy, sounding very similar to a 90s love song and is my favorite song of the movie. Each character in the movie sang a song, they were all equally featured and I thought the soundtrack was overall well rounded The songs were appealing and added more emotion to the film; however, they are not as iconic as the songs in the original film like “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” and “In Summer”. 


The movie was overall really good and exceeded my expectations. I did not expect the plot to be as complicated because it is a Disney film and is more for younger audiences. The plot was a little confusing at first, but the twists were very entertaining and did catch me by surprise. A lot of people may see “Frozen II” as a children’s movie, but it is still an entertaining movie for teens and adults. 


It is a great movie to see in theaters with friends and it really gets you in the winter mood, especially with all of the icy components.