‘Let It Go’ already

Movie Review: “Frozen II”

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Graphic made by Claire Lawrence

"Frozen II" was released Nov. 22, 2019.

Riley Stinson, Staff Reporter

Over Thanksgiving break, “Frozen II” was released, a whopping six years after its original. The sequel created high expectations for the public eye, but the plot melted away as the movie dragged on for 1 hour and 43 minutes. With the voices of Idina Mendzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee kept it consistent with the same group of actors and characters.

The plot for the first movie was very easy to follow, despite the few tangents, but in “Frozen II”, the movie is so fast paced with multiple story-lines that it was hard to follow. If I, a 17-year-old, can’t follow the plot, how do they expect the targeted audience of toddlers to keep up? “Frozen” is known for its independence with Disney princesses, but “Frozen II” veers away from its greatness by focusing on Anna and Kristoff’s middle school-like relationship. There are so many things going on with the five elements, Arendelle’s collapse and Elsa’s new animal friends. The audience probably doesn’t know what’s significant in this film anymore. 

Almost every Disney princess movie has a powerful, evil-willed antagonist destined to ruin the protagonist’s life and rip it to shreds, making them miserable. So it is disappointing when  the “villain,” ends up being Anna and Elsa’s grandfather, who doesn’t live up to the expectation of a malefactor. Not to mention Kristoff seems more in love with his reindeer, Sven, than he is with Anna, the supposed “love of his life.” Sure, Sven was Kristoff’s only friend for his whole life (which is pathetic, considering he does not speak), but Kristoff has an unnatural desire for his reindeer. On a side note, Sven gets a whole cult of reindeer to backup Kristoff’s sorrow for his longing heart awaiting for Anna’s return from a hike. Clingy much?

Lastly, with “Let It Go” being the most streamed Disney song, the soundtrack for “Frozen II” is inconsequential at best. The songs were not catchy, insignificant and seemed to be thrown in at random. “Frozen” is supposed to be a musical, so not all songs need to be deep and passionate. Some attempt to be funny and light-hearted, but fail miserably because not one person in our theatre giggled. See: Olaf’s “When I Am Older”.

All in all, I’m not surprised the original took the cake when it came out in terms of ticket sales. “Frozen II” simply does not compare to the magical stories told by characters in the first film, and fails to reignite my love for Disney movies. My expectations for this film were sadly never reached, and I am not at all sorry to say that “Frozen II” was absolute garbage, and I couldn’t care less if Olaf melts.