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To Arendelle and Beyond: A Review of ‘Frozen II’

November 14, 2019Ben MK

The tried-and-true fairy tale format has served many a Disney filmmaker well over the years. But with their smash hit Frozen, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee managed to break the mold — an achievement they set out to replicate with their followup, Frozen II.

Picking up not long after the events of the first movie, this highly anticipated animated sequel finds Queen Elsa of Arendelle (Idina Menzel), her sister, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), Anna's boyfriend, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), the lovably goofy snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff's loyal reindeer Sven enjoying the peaceful life. However, it's not long before they're beckoned to embark on a whole new adventure, which begins when Elsa hears an ethereal voice calling to her from the fabled enchanted forest.

Located far beyond the borders of Arendelle, the enchanted forest is the stuff of legend. For as Anna and Elsa's parents, King Agnarr (Alfred Molina) and Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood), told them when they were little girls, it is where the Northuldra tribe call home — a mysterious place where the spirits of Wind, Water, Fire and Earth rule supreme. Things take a dramatic turn, though, when the spirits become enraged and all but destroy Arendelle, leaving our heroes no choice but to travel to the enchanted forest to set things right.

It's a journey that will have Anna and Elsa discovering the secrets of their lineage, while Kristoff, in the meantime, tries to work up the courage to finally pop the question to his longtime love. As for Olaf, well, he's too busy having fun to take notice of the supernatural events going on around them, which range from the hijinks of a fiesty wind he nicknames Gale and a fiery little lizard named Bruni, to close encounters with giant rock creatures and the mythical Nokk, a horse comprised entirely of water.

Set once again to the music and lyrics of Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez — who deliver such sing-along-worthy new songs as "Into the Unknown," "Some Things Never Change" and the 80s-inspired "Lost in the Woods" — Frozen II will enchant both fans and newcomers to the Frozen franchise alike. After all, the weather outside may be getting frightful, but a Disney sequel that's just as enjoyable as its predecessor is simply delightful.

Frozen II releases November 21st, 2019 from Walt Disney Pictures. The film has an MPAA rating of PG for action/peril and some thematic elements. Its runtime is 1 hr. 43 min.

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