A voice has been calling to Elsa (Idina Menzel). She has tried to ignore it, but it won’t go away. It isn’t until mysterious forces threaten to destroy Arendelle that Elsa decides to follow the voice. Accompanied by Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven, Elsa sets out to find answers.
Elsa, Anna, and the rest of the crew make their way to an enchanted forest Elsa and Anna’s father had told them about as children. As they try to discover what is behind the forces threatening their kingdom, they find they must also uncover truths about the past. If they cannot act quickly enough, Arendelle and its residents may be doomed.
Picking up after Elsa has learned to control her powers and returned to Arendelle as its queen, Frozen II takes you on another adventure with the band of misfits as they try to save the world.
While it may not be quite as good as the original Frozen, it is definitely a worthy sequel. As with anything Disney, visually speaking, it is as amazingly done. They expand the world beyond just Arendelle and a frozen wasteland around it, taking us to a beautiful forest complete with its own inhabitants. These inhabitants are unlike any we have met in the first movie. The extent of the magic and powers has been greatly expanded as well. Elsa discovers powers she had no idea she possessed. Not only that, but there are beings whose powers may exceed those Elsa is discovering.
The story expands on what we learned about Elsa and Anna in the first film. We are treated to several flashbacks, showing them as little girls again, this time spending more time with their parents. It makes the story a little deeper. While it may be a ploy to add more cuteness to the film, it also serves as the backdrop for the main arc of the film. On top of the depth of the story and the cuteness, the actors bring the same charm and humor to their respective characters that made the first film so successful.
That said, there are two scenes that absolutely steal the whole movie. One is Olaf recounting the story of what happened in the first film. It is, hands down, the funniest part of the movie. The passion and emotion in his retelling is only surpassed by his selection of the major points of the story. The second involves a musical moment featuring Kristoff. A power ballad with him at the center backed up by a familiar face and some new friends. Very moving stuff.
If you are a fan of Frozen, there is no doubt you will enjoy Frozen II. It has everything you loved about the original and throws them into their next adventure. Of course, you will want to see it in the theater to get the full experience. Make sure you stick around through the credits. You’ll be treated to Olaf giving his version of the events in this film. He’s nothing short of magical.