Frozen 2 starts with the kids Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) listening to a bedtime story by their parents king Agnarr (Alfred Molina) and queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood) of Arendelle. In the story, queen Iduna talks abound an enchanted forest, and how Arendelle’s army men are stuck there for the last many years. Our heroes in Anna & Elsa grow up with this story.
As the kids grow Anna starts to hear a spooky voice and as she follows it, she gets to know about the still existing enchanted forest. Along with Elsa, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven & Olaf (Josh Gad), Anna moves to save Arendelle’s army head Mattias (Sterling K. Brown) & other people. As she reaches there, she’s introduced to the tribe Northuldra and their issues. The rest of the story is all about Anna & Elsa’s quest of reuniting people.
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Marc E. Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez co-write the story of the film. They gracefully connect it with the first part and there are no hiccups in joining the narrative whatsoever. The pace though drags in the second half when emotions go for a toss in the exchange of not-so-thrilling action.
Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee return to don their directors’ hat. They do well to set-up a magical atmosphere as far as the theme of the film is concerned. It’s not just about the picturesque locations, it’s also about the colour scheme that Chris & Jennifer choose to set the mood.
From Let It Go to Into The Known, the Frozen universe has come a long way. Jonathan Groff, finally, gets his own song and deservingly so. Lost In The Woods remains the most generic song in the entire album.
Jennifer Lee’s screenplay is a smooth transition between part 1 and part 2. The emotional connect is set up well by laying the base of exploring the sister-hood between both the leads. Jeff Draheim’s editing runs fast till the adventure-angle pops up. From then on, the gear shifts lower to restrict the speed.
Idina Menzel as Elsa is a grown-up now, in reality as well as reel. But you still feel the innocence in the maturity.
Kristen Bell as Anna gets a more logical and more relatable revamp. Jonathan Groff as Kristoff shines with the song he gets. Olaf is the best of the lot & not because he’s funny but because he’s hilarious.
Overall, Frozen 2 is a must-watch for Frozen fans. Apart from being a routine fairytale for kids, it serves an import message for big-kids too.