Six years after the global success “Frozen,” Disney is releasing the sequel Frozen and proves that the desire for a good story is sometimes stronger than quick money. We reveal what we mean by this in our review.
Where does Elsa get her magical powers? “Frozen II” explores this question.
The plot summary
The sisters Anna and Elsa lead their quiet lives in the kingdom of Arendelle. Until one day a strange restlessness grips Elsa and a mysterious voice calls her into the forest, promising her answers to all her questions: Why is she the way she is, why does she have magical powers? Together with Anna, Olaf (Hape Kerkeling), Sven and Kristoff (Leonhard Mahlich) she sets out to figure out the mystery. The crew not only meets the people of the forest and other new companions, on their adventurous journey Elsa and Anna must once again stick together and stand up for each other with courage, trust and sisterly love.
Frozen II Movie Meaning
As a rule, it is fair to say that what Disney does is a success. This especially applies to the group’s animated films and the associated live-action adaptations. The mouse company only has to suffer bankruptcies every now and then when it comes to new substances; We remember, for example, large-scale projects such as “John Carter”, “Lone Ranger” or “The Time Puzzle” . When Disney brought the 3D-animated winter fairy tale “Frozen – Completely Unabashed” (originally: “Frozen”), based on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, to cinemas in 2013, no one could have imagined what an absurd success it would be the trick musical would celebrate around the world. In this country, almost five million visitors flocked to the cinemas (only the second “Hobbit” film and “Fack ju Göhte” had more people wanting to see it in 2013). And internationally, this unprecedented series of successes continued: the film grossed almost 400 million US dollars in the USA – and then the income came from DVD and Blu-ray sales, the soundtrack with the ever-catchy song “Let it Go” and the lots, lots, lots (!!) of merchandise. But for a long time there was no direct sequel to the megahit. Instead, Disney produced short films about the two sisters Elsa and Anna as well as the snowman Olaf, voiced in the original by Josh Gad and in German by Hape Kerkeling. Only now, six years later, the long-awaited sequel, “Frozen II,” is appearing, which will undoubtedly have a similar triumph as the much-quoted first part. And you can tell that the returning Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee took a long time (at least by today’s Hollywood standards) for their sequel, because “Frozen II” seems less like a quickie for money, but simply worth telling .
Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven embark on a new adventure.
In several scenes of “Frozen II” the status of its predecessor is addressed in a way that is hardly ever seen in a Disney animated film. Once Olaf tells the story about the Ice Queen Elsa and the deep sisterly love between her and Anna to an outsider in an expedited manner, another time the first notes of “Let go now” are played, whereupon Elsa even turns away in shame. There is no doubt: “Frozen” has left an enormous footprint in the Disney canon and has driven many a parent crazy with its catchy tunes. It is precisely these footprints against which the sequel inevitably has to be measured. And this much can be revealed in advance: “Frozen II” leaves us with the spectacular impression that “Frozen” left on many people (including us) after the first viewing; But that’s not a bad thing when you look at it that way.
Elsa receives help on her search from a magical horse.
The film is still an absolutely successful successor, which is primarily due to the fact that the story, which takes place in the “Frozen” universe only three years after the well-known events, is worth telling and does not seem as if it should have You need some kind of action for the existence of a second part. No, what Anna and especially Elsa have to deal with here is interesting and exciting; Because where Elsa got her magical powers was already a question in the first part and was not explained there. In part two, however, you have the opportunity to devote yourself to exactly this mystery. Jennifer Lee’s script even explains the fact that Elsa has not dealt with it in more detail in the past three years in the film universe; In recent years, the focus has been on the missed sisterhood between Anna and Elsa, which also contributes to the impression that the two of them (and also Kristoff) have developed credibly during this time, without losing their typical idiosyncrasies and quirks such as Anna’s jitteriness or Elsa’s somewhat cold attitude have been lost.
Anna and Olaf have to cope on their own.
With its road movie structure, “Frozen II” is certainly reminiscent of its predecessor in terms of drama (which is particularly useful given the predominantly very young fans of part one, who often want to offer “more of the same” with a sequel), But the topics discussed between the lines in particular turn out to be much more complex. This time it’s not about self-determination and sisterly love, but about accepting the past and the question of the extent to which the following generations have to pay for the (shameful) deeds, curses or any other shards left behind by the previous ones – a “hereditary” for children , so to speak. Just rinsed much softer, which in this context is anything but negative. The fact that all of this is actually pretty tough stuff, which the makers present here under a combination of animated musical and fairy tale fantasy, is probably especially clear to those who were fans of “Frozen” six years ago and are getting older with this film became. For the little ones, “Frozen II” is of course still a fantasy fairy tale peppered with lots of pop ballads, but this time it’s a bit more magical (yes, that’s possible!), more colorful and also funnier. Scene thief Olaf in particular gets significantly more screen time for his naive, funny observations – and a song that is actually really strong in its melancholy about how, as an adult, he will understand everything that is still incomprehensible to him today. The fact that this number, which is so thoughtful in terms of content, is given the most interchangeable pop composition is probably the biggest downer about the film.
The sidekick moments with Olaf provide a balance to the expansive story that doesn’t always fit in completely with the rest, but is still necessary. The fact that “Frozen II” feels a little too full overall is not necessarily because Buck and Lee open up too many storylines or tell their story too complicated overall. Rather, they only provide bits and pieces of information about Elsa’s past, so that the younger audience in particular will certainly have to check with mom and dad once or twice to make sure they really understand everything. For the older members of the audience, on the other hand, this opens up unexpected story dimensions that only at the very end do not quite fulfill what the beginning promises; The makers don’t make the ultimate effort to bring their story to an end as maturely as they recently did with “Chaos on the Net” or “Everything is Upside Down” .
Disney, on the other hand, is once again above all else when it comes to optics and, in some cases, acoustics. It was foreseeable that the songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez would try to build on the worldwide success of the catchy tune “Let it Go”, so “Frozen II” this time contains two power ballads performed by Elsa, of which in particular “Into the Unknown “ (“Where No One Has Been Before”) is particularly catchy, but as expected it doesn’t come close to the goosebumps factor of the obvious model. This time there is no absolute nonsense like the tonally completely misplaced “Troll Song”, which took you out of the dramatic mood for a few minutes. A clear advantage over part one. Visually, “Frozen II” moves away from the winter setting and this time the action takes place in a reddish autumn landscape. Not only is this once again beautifully detailed to look at (particularly with the almost photo-realistically recreated water, you can hardly tell the difference to real film footage), but it also gives the film its own identity. This sequel exists not only because it will (presumably) make a lot of money, but also because creative people were convinced that it was worth continuing to tell the story. That’s how it should be!
Conclusion: “Frozen II” doesn’t quite live up to the furious first part due to small weaknesses, but it develops its own identity with a surprisingly complex story and autumnal visuals. And that’s exactly why the makers are doing everything right.
“Frozen II” can be seen in USA cinemas from November 21st – also in 3D!