Frozen 2: Freeze Harder is naturally enough, the sequel to Frozen which, according to my Amazon Prime and in a somewhat off brand move for Disney starred three people stuck on a ski-lift, debating whether ’tis better to freeze to death or help to feed the local wolf population.
Now, i’m not quite sure how such a film made one point two billion dollars but I do know why a sequel has been made – the first film made one point two billion dollars.
But, given that the first film finally stopped my nephew from demanding a dog, and… sleeping, and… eating, and… his parents from talking to me which I really should look into after I finish talking about The Frozen Supremacy I was intrigued as to where the franchise would go.
And to be honest, this film seems a lot more on brand. Instead of 3 idiots getting stuck on a ski-lift you have a Scooby gang of people going to see why one of them has annoyed the spirits of Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, how it links to them having magic powers and to see how many songs you can use to pad out the run-time and sell the soundtrack album.
I do want to say, this film looks amazing, with settings ranging from beautiful forests to darkened caves to raging oceans and it all looks gorgeous. The songs are pretty good- one at about the halfway point that came out of nowhere and caused me to almost die of silent laughter but was the best song in the film.
I liked that the whole idea of one day your prince will come appears to have been quietly dropped and there’s a nice vein of sisters doing it for themselves which I liked.
Didn’t much care for quite a few other things though.
The plot has quite a few big holes – especially at the end and I can see some of the smaller visitors to the cinema being quite scared during a few bits (which I approve of) and having no idea what was going on at others (which I don’t).
Half the songs can be generously described as filler and less generously described as instantly forgettable. That flaming snowman has got to go, his song was the worst, he added nothing to the narrative and this is not a film short of cute characters to market to the kiddy winks at Christmas. Also, this film has way, way, way too many characters, which dilutes from the central narrative.
If someone could explain to me why the spirit of the water is a horse and not say a shark or a whale or even a mermaid I’d be much obliged. I’m sure there’s some mythological reason behind it but it just bugged me all the same.
I will say that the action scenes were really thrilling and well done and the voice cast (with one exception) were utterly brilliant.
I just wish the songs were a little more memorable, the plot a little more worked and a couple of characters removed is all. Otherwise there’s not really much to complain here. It is better than the first one in terms of scale and achievement but it just needed a few more tweaks is all.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a phone call to make.
My Score – See It