I was merely a third-grader when I first saw Frozen in theaters with my mom. I remember walking out of the theater both in awe of the two strong female leads as well as already humming the melody to each song, including the iconic “Let it Go.” After watching Frozen II, I have to say, I am disappointed in the film.
First of all, I struggled to keep up with what was going on in the storyline. I found the movie lacked a strong plotline. Also, none of the songs stood out to me. I can not even remember one of the songs from the movie, unlike the six or seven songs from the first Frozen I can probably still sing word for word right at this moment. However, there were some aspects of the storyline that did appeal to me.
The film opens with Els a(Idina Menzel) hearing a “secret siren”, in which she thinks is calling her. Elsa, unable to resist the call, ventures off into the unknown along with her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) and the rest of the Frozen crew.
“The ensuing adventure is lively, amusing and predictably predictable with revelations, reconciliations and some nebulous politics for the grown-ups. It’s never surprising, yet its bursts of pictorial imagination — snowflakes that streak like shooting stars — keep you engaged, as do Elsa and Anna, who still aren’t waiting for life to happen,” critic Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, said.
The main emphasis of the cinema remains on the relationship between the sisters: Elsa and Anna, as it did in the first Frozen. I find the aspect of sisterly bond important because I remember when watching Frozen six years ago, that the sisters’ close relationship just heightened my love for the movie. However, one critic believes that there’s little reason behind the sisters’ intent.
“The visuals, as expected, are lovely, but there’s little here to match the revolutionary power (sisters are doing it for themselves, etc) of the first film or its inherent charm,” critic Kevin Maher of The Times, said.
Aside from the sisters’ relationship, the movie’s visuals were just astonishing. The amount of detail in nearly every scene along with the dazzling wintry color combinations brought the movie to life. Even the amount of time spent on perfecting each stitch on Elsa’s dresses just goes to show how stunning the film is.
Besides the songs and the repetitive storyline, the film had outstanding visuals. While Frozen II may never add up to the first, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing.