Frozen II is full of magic, spirit, and emotion and was most certainly worth the wait and anticipation.
After her coronation and her kingdom's discovery of her ice powers, Elsa (Idina Menzel) is settling back into her life fairly well. She and her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) are closer than ever, and their lives in the castle seem practically perfect. That all begins to change when Elsa starts to notice a mysterious voice singing through the wind, that only she can hear. At first, she doesn't say anything, but soon it appears the spirits will stop at nothing to try and get her attention, forcing her to go into the unknown and to learn not only why this voice is calling her, but about herself and her family's past as well.
Seeing Frozen II was a brilliant theater experience that I doubt I’ll ever be able to replicate. When you go to a children’s film, especially on its opening weekend, you expect the audience to be filled with young viewers, but when it’s a princess movie, it gets amped up to a whole other level. As I was sitting in my seat, waiting for the movie to start, girls of varying ages filtered in with their princess gowns, complete with tiaras and wands. They were so eager to see the film, they could barely contain their joy, and though I may not have been clad as the queen of Arendelle myself, I can say my feelings concurred with theirs. As soon as the opening music began, I actually felt my heart flit with excitement as the restless chatter of the children slowly quieted down, and everyone’s attention was focused only on the absolutely stunning animation that was starting to unfold on the screen.
I have been long awaiting this movie’s release ever since the first trailer debuted, but I was weary about allowing my expeditions to be too high, as sequels are always facing an uphill battle, especially one that follows the resounding triumph of the original Frozen. As the first set of critic reviews began to trickle onto the web, I found them to be quite mixed, some saying it was wonderful, others saying it was good, but couldn’t live up to the greatness of its predecessor. Personally, I could not disagree with the latter more. As a great surprise to myself, I loved this movie even more than the original, which I didn’t think could be possible. Frozen II boasts a much darker storyline, and therefore the music is designed to match that more mystical atmosphere. I am naturally much more drawn to stories and music of that nature, but it was also they way in which it was presented that really won me over. The use of cinematography and animation combined with the powerful and at times, beautifully haunting vocals, created a film that almost seemed tailor made for my enjoyment. When I walked out of the theater, I immediately began to listen to the soundtrack, desperate to once again hear the melodies that were woven in and out through the film. As soon as I left, I felt as if I could easily have turned my car around and bought a ticket for the next showing.
As I was watching this movie, I kept thinking of how much it reminded me of films like Pocahontas and Mulan, which just so happen to me my two favorite Disney films. Both those movies and Frozen II aren’t afraid to present plots that tackle more difficult and sorrowful topics such as fear and loss. They do it with grace and impeccable style, knowing when to add in needed jokes from the trusty sidekicks in order to stray away from any grief being too overwhelming for it's young fans. I have always admired movies that have the ability to do this, because it seems they treat their audience with more respect and believe they are intelligent enough to handle a plot that isn’t just slapstick humor from beginning to end. Frozen II has rapidly found a spot in my top three most beloved Disney films, and it is majorly for its ability to do just that.
I could rave on and on about how much I loved Frozen II, but I’m an adult, and not the target audience. That being said, I can tell you with absolute certainty that every child in the theater fell in love with this movie. If their laughter that filled the theater wasn’t convincing enough, the sound of their cheers and applause at the end of the movie should absolutely tell you how wonderful this it was. There’s nothing like a theater full of children in princess gowns, setting their wands down just long enough to clap for a movie, to make you realize you’ve just witnessed something truly special.