Movie Review: Frozen II

Serena Vang

Frozen II

Frozen II, released November 22, 2019, Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, etc.

I love watching Disney movies, even though I am 17 years old. People tell me I am too old to be as intrigued as I am about upcoming Disney movies.  I will never get tired of the catchy singalong songs and the intense climax that all characters go through. From the morals that are taught by the character’s experiences to just having a film that you could watch over and over again. Disney movies are part of most childhoods and get passed down through generations.

Every Disney character has a tough upbringing. Most Disney princesses grow up with only one parent or none, which in effect, causes the majority of them to crave attention and love. Many of them end up falling for the first man they meet (usually seen as a princess falling for a prince). Anna showcased this in the first film when she fell for Hans. Asking for Elsa’s blessing, which she denies stating: “You cannot marry someone you just met.” Wise words all Disney princesses need to hear; however, they did not have an older sibling to guide them.

Fun fact: It is possible that Rapunzel and Eugene (Flynn Rider) appeared in the first film. It is mentioned in a lot of film analyzing videos of Frozen.

Now onto Frozen II, the follow up of its preceding film Frozen. The storyline differs from the first as it expands some of the ideas behind everything that was not revealed in the first movie. Scenes of young Anna and Elsa appear at the beginning of the film to introduce the concept of the film. Leading the two sisters to the adventure they then set out for. Proving the power of sisterhood and love. Then there’s Olaf, who could forget that friendly, caring, snowman who is in love with summer? Olaf plays a big role in making the movie what it is. Even though he is a side character, his actions and scenes make him just as memorable and relatable. Alongside those three, there is Kristoff and Sven, the fighting duo. The roles of each character have changed since the first film. There was character development prior to the film as well as in the film.

Character development has led to a vastly large discussion about the film regarding the appropriate audience. The film was first thought to be more towards younger age ranges (around 5-11 years of age). However, with the character development and the situations that the characters deal with in the second film, many question if it is appropriate for children ages 5-11 years of age.

The first film was released on November 27th of 2013 and the second film was released on November 22nd of 2019. There is a six-year gap between the films. When the first film was released, I was 11 years old. For the second film, I watched it as a 17-year-old. Within that six-year time gap, I have changed as a person and so has everyone else. Besides obviously aging, many of us have had to overcome challenges and still are overcoming challenges. Perhaps this is just my opinion, but I feel that the second film is targeted towards the children that grew up with the first film (those who are now teens) rather than the children who are 5-11 years of age now.

Frozen II focuses on change and overcoming obstacles, taking the positive steps towards the right thing or what is best for you. Elsa struggles with her identity and has trouble accepting help from others. This was showcased in the first film and is seen in the second film as well. Anna, although she is still figuring out who she is, helps Elsa become comfortable with herself. This all connects to teenagers as they grow up to become who they will become. Most teenagers do not know what they will do in the future. Here is an inspirational quote from the film: “Don’t give up. Take it one step at a time. Do the next right thing.” With time and the right people, you will find yourself and where you belong. Children do not struggle with self-identity and obstacles such as teenagers do. Although, in the end, I do think this is a great film for children as well since children will struggle with self-identity at some point in their future.

I really enjoyed this film and think it was very well-made. The film stayed true to what the characters are all about while still giving them some growth. Along with the new catchy soundtrack that I will not get tired of singing over and over again. The overall storyline was entertaining and gave explanations to some of the unanswered questions from the first film. Definitely a must-watch film for all ages.