Small Screen Reviews

Frozen II Review

Frozen2 1 DVD/Blu-ray

Walt Disney Pictures   

What’s It About?
Despite overseeing a peaceful realm in Arendelle, Elsa is drawn to a singing siren calling from an enchanted forest. As the whole gang embark on a new adventure, they uncover mysteries of the past, and call upon both Anna and Elsa to save their kingdom once again.   

Who’s In It?
Idina Menzel (Enchanted, Frozen, & more recently Uncut Gems)
Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, House Of Lies, & more recently The Good Place)   

Other notables include:
Josh Gad (Beauty And The Beast, Murder On The Orient Express, & more recently Little Monsters)
Sterling K Brown (Black Panther, Hotel Artemis & more recently The Predator)   

Director: Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up, Frozen) & Jennifer Lee (Frozen)   

Audiences Expect:
Way back in 2013, Frozen was, simply put, a phenomenon. Grossing over a billion dollars and dominating pretty much all children’s parties for the following three years, a sequel was a certainty.
But following such a success was always going to be problematic, especially with such an iconic showstopping tune as Let It Go. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have opted for a more mature storyline, setting it a few years later.
Elsa is running the kingdom of Arendelle, with the support of her loving sister, Anna, but despite everything being fine and dandy, there is still something missing. A siren (the singing kind rather than an alarm) keeps calling to Elsa from an enchanted forest, and Elsa decides to find out what it wants, and in-so-doing she uncovers a family secret that also has an impact on her magical powers and the death of her parents, before ultimately needing to right a wrong.
She is, inevitably, accompanied by her merry band which includes Anna, Anna’s beau Kristoff, his comedy sidekick Sven the reindeer, and of course the lovable Olaf and needless to say, they all need each other ultimately.
With stunning visuals and impressive songs, notably Olaf’s When I Am Older, and Elsa’s Into The Unknown, but one can’t shake the feeling that the plot is a little meandering, and the songs come up a touch short when compared to the original.
That said, it is still an enjoyable watch, and Frozen II is a nailed on critic proof success already.   

In A Nutshell:
Following up the global phenomenon that was Frozen was always going to be impossible, but they make a pretty good fist of it.   

The stunning visuals of the film
It is a more mature film   

It doesn’t quite have the same killer songs as the original
The plot meanders a little too much

Release date: 30/03/2020

Certificate: PG