Frozen 2 Melts Frozen Hearts

Mikayla Havison, Editor-In-Chief

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Thanksgiving week is notorious for offering some of the best movies of the year, and Frozen 2 was no exception to this trend. Since the release of the first Frozen movie in 2013 (also during Thanksgiving), fans of the dynamic characters, the enchanting animations and the overall charming plot have long-awaited the movie’s release. 

The sequel not only offers a follow-up to the beloved plot of the original, but also serves as a prequel, explaining the source of Elsa, the queen of Arendelle’s, magic and the story of her and Anna’s parents. The movie introduces an enchanted forest, with spirits that call Elsa to uncover the secrets and like in the first movie, explores topics of love and friendship through adventure and danger.

Of course, the movie features the same beloved characters, including the humorous, yet bashful Kristoff, who desperately attempts to plan a proposal worthy of his love interest, Anna. Through the proposal, directors explore the immortality of love and growth of the individual in a relationship. Although borderline cliche, the movie-makers successfully balanced the cheesy romance with Elsa’s independence, making the topic of love more realistic and palatable.

The movie also draws a closer attention to Olaf and uses him to explore themes of adolescence and growing older. This is done in a clever way through the song “When I Am Older,” bringing up questions of eternity and change. Olaf ultimately decides that all will be clear when he is older, but the thoughts do add dynamic to Olaf, conveying that even the happiest of snowmen have worries. 

Apart from characters, Frozen 2 also offers impeccable animations. Unlike the first movie, animators seemed to pay more attention to the details in the extra characters, while maintaining and creating stunning settings, which brings the movie to life.

Despite having many successes in thematic statements and character development, the movie does fall short in a couple of areas. 

The music is uneventful, especially when compared to the hits of its predecessor. Unlike the first movie, Frozen 2 does not have memorable songs nor any that are worthy of being belted in the shower. For example,  “Into the Unknown” shadows the plot elements of “Let it Go,” but does not live up to the dramatic flare, as well as suggests that Elsa learned nothing about control in the last movie.

The music also does not move the plot along, but rather leaves the scenes in a stagnant place. Many of the songs take one line or idea from the movie and draw them out, to a point where the songs have no meaning. Kristoff’s “Lost in the Woods” borders on irritating, as he realizes Anna left him behind on the quest and he has difficulty deciding what to do next.

Despite the lackluster music, Frozen 2 is still the perfect way to cure the winter blues.