The chilly truth about ‘Frozen 2’


Ashley Boak

Frozen 2 doesn't compare to the original Frozen movies songs and storyline

Vincent Llanes, Business Manager

Released on Nov. 26, “Frozen 2” was a box-office and critical hit, grossing over $358 million in its debut. “Frozen 2” was by all means an enjoyable film. The film featured a gorgeous autumn environment, stellar cast and catchy songs; However, the bells and whistles of the film fail to capture the same magic of the nearly 6-year old “Frozen.”

“Frozen” was especially popular with the Disney crowd for its excellent song selection. “Fixer Upper” was a fun, quirky song that lightened the mood during a particularly suspenseful moment. “Love is an Open Door” established the setting, characters, and backdrop in one fell swoop. “Let it Go” is permanently engraved in the minds of parents as their children set the song on repeat.

“Frozen 2,” on the other hand, had only few interesting songs. They came across as simply mediocre. Of course, there are some exceptions. Idina Menzel’s vocals in “Into the Unknown” are gorgeous and the chorus is just icing on the cake. Overall, the film can not help but feel like a rehashing of song ideas from the first “Frozen.”

The themes of “Frozen” were also superior to that of “Frozen 2.” “Frozen” simply had more complex and mature themes that solidified its status as a superior film. Not everyone can be trusted and power can corrupt if uncontrolled or restrained. The emotional turmoil and a sense of unease while still being a children’s movie adds excellent value to “Frozen.”

The more hopeful ambiance and idea of embracing change in “Frozen 2” cheapens the themes established in “Frozen.” The characters never feel like they are ever truly in danger. “Frozen 2” even completely lacks a central antagonist.

Disney films have also recently suffered from poor comedic timing. This is especially prevalent in this film; Olaf served only as a plot device for comedic relief. This further drives the point that “Frozen 2” is not trying to capture the same magic of “Frozen” and that it is rather another generic Disney film.

Ultimately, both teach an important lesson in their themes. “Frozen 2” has a more exhausted topic and it lacks emotional complexity. The audience certainly felt a chill up their spine when they find out the true motives of Hans.

“Frozen 2” pales in comparison to that of “Frozen.” It is a good movie, but its status as the sequel to the critically acclaimed “Frozen” and its downgrades leave audiences feeling that there is more to be desired.