REVIEW: “Frozen 2″ Is Another Unnecessary Disney Sequel

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If you loved “Frozen” and are expecting more of the same from “Frozen 2”, you may be disappointed. “Frozen 2” lacks the charm and heart of the first movie in so many ways.

Before watching “Frozen 2”, I went back and re-watched “Frozen”, and it made me realize just how great that film was. It wasn’t perfect, and had a few missteps, but overall it is one of the better Disney animated films of this generation. Probably what hurt that film most was that it was so successful, that it created a frenzy that had rarely been seen before for an animated film and people began to get sick of seeing Frozen everywhere. But with “Frozen” making $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, a sequel was inevitable.

It’s not all bad, but it’s mostly bad. So, let’s start with the good, and let’s start with Elsa. Elsa is a beloved character and she still will be after this movie. Idina Menzel again provides the voice for Elsa and she also provides a lot of heart to the character. Elsa is the more responsible of the two siblings and she continues to demonstrate just how much she will sacrifice to protect Anna and the people of Arendelle. When it’s time for Elsa to have her moment and belt out a song or two, you can’t help but be impressed at what a wonderful and powerful singing voice Menzel has.

The animation has seen a significant bump in quality. The original movie came out in 2013 and you can tell in this movie just how much technology has improved and evolved since then. There are some scenes of the forest that look photo-realistic at times. The highlight has to be when Elsa is fighting to get past the waves that are preventing her from her destination. There are also giant rock monsters that seem to be a visual giant step up from the ice monster in the first movie. The animation is just mind-blowing at times and always impressive.

Now for the bad, and it has to start with the music. There is not one song in “Frozen 2” that comes even close to anything that was in “Frozen”. You keep hoping from the start of each song that this is going to be the new “Let It Go” or “For The First Time In Forever”, but that never happens. Sure there are a few songs by Idina Menzel that sound great, but it’s mostly because she is singing them. Otherwise, these songs are not memorable at all. It also feels like there are twice as many as the original, which makes it twice as bad.

There is a song that is sung by Jonathan Groff, who voices Kristoff, that is just painful to watch. It seriously looks like an 80’s music video and it just looks out of place. Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez did such a great job writing the songs for “Frozen”, but I don’t know what happened this time. If I was Disney, I would have told them, “Not good enough, start over”.

The most important part of a movie is the story and this story is weak. I was glad that it wasn’t a complete retelling of “Frozen”, but after 6 years, you would have thought they would have come up with something better than what they gave us. It is very trippy at times, it can be very boring at times, and boy, does it drag at times. If you are a fan of the movie “The Fifth Element”, you may experience some déjà vu.

And a big problem with this story is that there really is no villain. It’s more like a mystery. It even reminded me a bit of Scooby Doo, we were just missing Shaggy. Hans was a great villain in “Frozen”, especially since most people did not see his turn coming, and that is surely missed this time around. Sometimes a movie is only as good as its villain is. Kind of hard to have that here, when one doesn’t exist.

I had to bring up Olaf. I was kind of shocked that in the first movie, he didn’t really bother me… much. And I am shocked again, because he didn’t bother me in this one either. Olaf is there for comic relief and for the kids to have something to laugh at. And if that is his job, he does a good job at it.

My biggest problem with “Frozen” has always been the character of Kristoff. He has always been just a love interest for Anna and never a very good one. One of his most annoying traits is when he does his ventriloquist act with his pet reindeer, Sven. For some reason, the writers decided that we needed even more of that this time around. In this movie, Kristoff basically spends most of his time doing that tired old shtick of proposing to a girl, Anna, and either being overly nervous about it, or constantly being interrupted by someone. By the fourth time he does this, your eyes will roll completely in the back of your head.

One thing that really surprised me was the ending. I think this ending is going to be very controversial towards fans of the “Frozen” franchise. I am pretty sure that most fans are not going to like it and I kind of wonder who at Disney decided to give their stamp of approval on it. Part of me liked the ending because I wasn’t expecting it and it was a bit daring to go in that direction, but it also feels like something just doesn’t feel right as a conclusion.

It’s nice to see the characters from “Frozen” return, but it would have been even nicer if they gave them something interesting to do. Unlike a lot of sequels, this movie can probably stand on it’s own without knowing too much about the original, but who cares if the movie stinks. I sometimes wonder if Disney interferes too much with the direction of their movies, or maybe not enough. I just think that if Disney administered proper quality control with their films, we would have gotten a better movie, or maybe the movie would have been delayed until there was a better story available. 

Do you remember how you felt after seeing “Ralph Breaks the Internet”? You might have that feeling again after seeing “Frozen 2”. Hoping for something better, but getting something less.

I give “Frozen 2” a 6/10.

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Moq
Moq
10 months ago

Other than Let It Go, the songs in Frozen really weren’t great. So my expectations for music are already low.

Andrew
Andrew
10 months ago

The fact that kids will want to see is all that matters and will ultimately determine this movie’s success. A critique from a grown man with no children holds no weight.

Moq
Moq
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Financially…which is all the higher-ups care about anyways.

Besooke Disney
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

“A critique from a grown man with no children holds no weight” sorry but this is a very stupid thought, movies are subject to be criticized and analyzed by fans and movie experts. That comment is equal to say: a movie of WW II can’t be judge by someone who didn’t fight it. And a big Disney release isn’t just to entertain a bunch of young kids. It should have the quality and perfection to be loved by all ages and even been subject of cinema recognition and nominations as many other Disney movies in the past.

Andrew
Andrew
10 months ago
Reply to  Besooke Disney

Besooke Disney, so if critics think thought that Frozen 2 was a disaster, parents wouldn’t take their kids to see it? Are you kidding? Kids don’t care if it’s good or bad….kids don’t understand all of the themes good or bad. Kids care about goofy and lovable characters, colors, environments and songs. I feel sorry for you children that they’re not allowed to develop their own opinions. This is an animated Disney movie….it’s meant to entertain a bunch of young kids!!!! You’re also saying that if a WWII movie gets rave reviews, you’ll take your children to see it? You’re… Read more »

Zuzana
Zuzana
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

I, mother of two little girls, agree with him completely. The movie is too dark and the story too rushed and complicated even for adults that I doubt kids understand what the story means and what to take from it. They loved the first movie because of humour and memorable songs and this movie has very little humour and not even one song which would kids love to sing. The Kristoff song was really painful to see.

Brad Bailey
Brad Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Not that its a huge chunk of their money source. I took my kids to see it, but most likely wont ever watch it again. But I will certainly not be buying frozen 2 DVD, or even watching it on netflix, or buying any frozen 2 swag. Box office revenue is nice but as Yogurt says “Merchandising, thats where the real money from the movie is made.”

Belle
Belle
10 months ago

I disagree. I thought the music in this one was better, the story is more complex, and the emotional depth is amazing. They also worked with the Sami people to get most of the lore and inspiration for the story.

spenser
spenser
10 months ago
Reply to  Belle

Music was awful, nothing had a catchy chorus or rhythm. Story was way more complex that’s another reason it was awful, terrible storyline. Jumping in Elsa still isn’t satisfied with her life so tears her kingdom down to follow a voice, absurd journey, contrived love story, two naive sisters just chasing each other, and a pointless ending

Cassie
Cassie
10 months ago
Reply to  spenser

Anna chasing Elsa, period you mean lol

Michelle
Michelle
10 months ago

Wow…talk about something going right over your head. First off, the Kristoff song was SUPPOSED to feel out of place. T’was the joke. Secondly, there was a villain. It was the past, it was insecurity, it was your inner thoughts. I really think you guys need to find someone who actually likes and understands movies & film to start doing your movie reviews.

Twas Michelle
Twas Michelle
10 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

T’was the joke, T’was it??

spenser
spenser
10 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

all very bad music, should’ve hired lin-manuel to write the songs, Disney has very low standards

bryan
bryan
9 months ago
Reply to  spenser

they had higher standards in the 90s

raze
raze
10 months ago

The first Frozen movie was fairly hollow too, served as a long music video for the 2-3 hit songs. The storytelling paled greatly to the likes of Moana, everything about it seemed kind of, ironically, missing the magic. I’m sure I’ll see the sequel 15 times due to having young kids, and expect about the same level. That said, Ralph Breaks the Internet was awesome through and through, absolutely one of my favorites!

Bob
Bob
10 months ago

Since I happened to love “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” my expectations just got higher after reading this.

Nicki
Nicki
10 months ago

Hmmm, how to reply. I agree with some parts, and disagree with others. I think they needed to again, give everybody equal parts for songs, and when you have Indina Menzel, You give her two. Now for Christoff, Groff is a great singer, he was on glee, and he performs on Broadway, so I think it was a misstep last time not letting him sing. I agree with the ending.I wasn’t a huge fan, but.. Not every movie is perfect. And there is a villain you just don’t realize it was a villain from a different time. I went with… Read more »

Moq
Moq
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicki

The most important thing about a Disney movie is that it inspires others with happiness. As Walt himself said, it’s not just cheap entertainment for kids.

mathews schroder
mathews schroder
10 months ago

I don’t agree with this article. I went to last night’s showing the crowd was amazing. They sang they cried, this sequel made you feel for the characters. There was more adventure. Olaf was hilarious. This sequel was needed because we needed to find out how Elsa got her powers. Now we know. 9.5/10

Disney Sucks
Disney Sucks
10 months ago

Adults cried? At a Disney movie?….That’s pathetic…

Lukas S.
Lukas S.
9 months ago
Reply to  Disney Sucks

Ok, boomer. Why is there this strange, immature, neanderthal-brained idea that all animation, by Disney or anybody, is automatically less deep and only for kids? Do people forget that animated shorts used to be for adults only, shown before movies? Do people forget that any story, no matter who it is geared towards, can have a message that’s deep enough for most people to get? Do people forget that adults are the ones making the films and that other adults who want to write stories might get something out of it, inspiration for instance, and end up working on such… Read more »

Yojenitan
Yojenitan
10 months ago

I really loved it. The 90s power ballad was hilarious. It was beautifully dark, which really showed a side of Disney you only get from Pixar. The best song was Show Yourself which no one seems to care about but the message is truly amazing. Everything is outside of the box. There’s no villain, a love story that doesn’t actually matter (also love that) and sort of like Wreck it Ralph, the characters don’t have to be up on top of each other to have a good life. They are still family but they’re doing their own thing. It’s great.

Österrichs ungäris maroshii
Österrichs ungäris maroshii
10 months ago

Don’t say Iit

Kat
Kat
10 months ago

Well, you brought Ralph Breaks the Internet in as a comparison and now I’m debating going to see it. Thanks.

Tina
Tina
10 months ago

Wow – my family of 5 had the exact opposite response. The group, ages 13 – 70, all loved it and my daughters thought it better then the first. The only thing they did not like about the ending was that their custom shirts were no longer relevant.

GrammarDude
GrammarDude
10 months ago

The movie can “probably stand on it is own”, eh?

Jules
Jules
10 months ago

I disagree… saw it last night, it was great!!. The songs are at the same level of quality as the previous film, plus Joe comment about liking the songs just for Idina is not true, i didnt listen Brandon´s version until the credits rolled up and i thought that was an amazing song… I´m more curious to know what people thought about the ending. I wont talk about it in deep but i got a totally different take on it than my friends, it made me think about hans christian’s little mermaid story

spenser
spenser
10 months ago
Reply to  Jules

No one is debating the song “QUALITY” they were produced in studio with great voices. Lyrically and the writing behind the songs was rather awful.

Jessie
Jessie
10 months ago

This isn’t specific to this particular review but for a website that’s supposed to be about reviewing and providing context on the most magical place on earth all you get from this site is negativity. I very rarely see any positivity from this blog

Tom Corless
Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Jessie

24 of the 26 posts yesterday were positive.

Jeff Parsons
Jeff Parsons
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

The fact that you felt the need to go back and count and then chime in tells me you’re quite aware that the overall tone of this website is snarky and grouchy.

Tom Corless
Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Parsons

Nah, I’m just aware of everything I publish.

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams
10 months ago

You clearly don’t know your audience. And you clearly don’t know the attraction that is Frozen overall. Frozen II was a really great sequel and answered a lot of questions. It gave everyone a “home,” and “Into The Unknown” is incredible. Not to mention the cinematography and folklore. The entire storytelling overall regarding family and how they’re made of all kinds, sisterly bonds, making peace and standing down against enemies, among many more symbolic areas- the sequel can’t be compared to Wreck It 2. I’m not sure how this article came to be, or why you chose to say what… Read more »

Tom Corless
Admin
10 months ago

We don’t positively review Disney movies just to make people happy, that’s unethical.

Emma
Emma
10 months ago

I completely disagree. I think Frozen 2 was better than the original. It was incredible. The music was incredible. The story was incredible.

disneyheart
disneyheart
10 months ago

After my experience with Ralph Breaks The Internet, I approached Frozen II last night with a cautious optimism … Personally, I was disappointed. -SPOILER ALERT- While the animation was beautiful, and the songs were lovely, the story had no real weight or rhythm to it. For example, Elsa sings “Into The Unknown” about not belonging, but aside from this statement in the song, the audience is never -shown- how or why she feels this way before starting to sing. Anna, unfortunately, regresses as a character and flinches each time she misunderstands something that Kristoff says. And poor Kristoff … Instead… Read more »

Greg
Greg
10 months ago

I agree. Big disappointment in every way, and yes, Ralph 2 sucked as well. For those that think this movie was even better than the first frozen, I’d love to have some of what you’re smoking.

spenser
spenser
10 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Agreed, people on here say “I REALLY LIKED EVERYTHING AND THE SONGS WERE EVEN BETTER”, well considering Let it go made top 5 on billboard top 100 and there were multiple songs to reach top 100 from the 2013 movie, I disagree with anything other than visuals being better in this sequel. Sure, sequels usually really suck, so as far as sequels go it’s decent. But to go from a Disney unsure and random release in 2013 that turned into an iconic movie, then getting 6 years to do it right and becoming their flagship, they dropped the ball big… Read more »

Annette
Annette
10 months ago

Oh, I really liked it and thought the boy band song and video was hilarious and 100% done for the parents who no doubt grew up watching these boy band videos. I thought the movie was great and wasn’t disappointed. I do agree there’s no “let it go” “do you want to build a snowman” or “summer” type catchy songs but it was still a good movie and OLAF is the best :)