Frozen 2 Family Review
Frozen 2 Family Review – On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, My Central Florida Family attended an advance screening of Frozen 2 and we’re ready to review it through the eyes of a 9 year old, a mother and a grandmother.
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
Notes about Frozen:
- “Frozen,” which opened in 2013, is the highest grossing animated film of all time in worldwide box office.
- “Frozen” won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year. The film’s iconic song, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.
November 22, 2019
I am a skeptic by nature and my brain will always tell me that a sequel can not out do an original film. I’m not sure that I would ever agree that there has been one that has, except maybe for Aliens with Sigourney Weaver.
With that said, I went into this film afraid to be disappointed. I’m happy to say though, that as with Will Smith’s Aladdin, I was NOT disappointed. While the first FROZEN was set out to entertain the smallest of kiddos, those original fans are now 6 years older and I found the content and humor to move forward in time as well. Clearly, the writers and directors felt we could handle it. Without giving away any spoilers, the three reasons that I found FROZEN 2 to be entertaining on it’s own are:
- I appreciate comedy in all forms and FROZEN 2 (mostly Olaf) had me laughing out loud in several significant parts of the film. Kristoff also had his own moment, and while some may be confused about his shining moment, I found it hilarious if you catch the humor of it. Laughter was definitely a highlight of this film.
- I felt this film, unlike most sequels, could stand on its own. It almost didn’t feel like a sequel, but a film that could have been an original. Of course, Olaf grants us a perfect recap of the first film, but the content, storyline, and new premise could have stood on its own as an original film. Therefore, for me, I wasn’t bored and I didn’t find the story just a repeat of the original. It dealt with new concepts and emotions, and I appreciated that.
- There was no bad guy in this film, and the women ruled the screen. In the original, the mother of Anna and Elsa didn’t even have a speaking part, which has always bothered me because the father was the main parental force, as is typical with Disney films. It’s almost as if they realized the error of their ways and set it right with this film. The mother was more of the central figure in this film and her role was wildly important. She sang, she spoke, and the love for her daughters made me appreciate the role of being a mom.
As such, there was no bad “guy” either. I mean, there was someone that did something bad, but it was such a small part of the overall story. This film was about finding truth in our world. It was about finding strength within yourself when all the cards are down and you feel alone. It was about doing one right thing, then another and another. All of these undertones were a perfect inspiring message for boys, girls, kids and adults alike. These are all concepts we struggle with and the message was clear…we can do anything and finding our truth is essential.
Now, you’ll hear stories about scary parts, where there were a few, and sadness, which there was. However, I grew up with Bambi, Cinderella, Snow White and more. Those scary and sad moments made me appreciate things in life and didn’t cause permanent harm. My 9 year old son gave this a 9.5 star review…and he’s scared of everything! No matter how delicate or emotional your kiddo (or you) are, I think you’ll find the scary and sad parts aren’t quite as bad as we’ve seen in other films. Just remember, Disney films ALWAYS have happy endings (okay, just one spoiler).
Speaking of happy endings, this film isn’t so predictable. The ending, while it made sense, I didn’t necessarily see coming. But, you’ll feel “right as rain” by the end, and if all goes well, you’ll want to see it again, and again, and again.
My Central Florida Family gave this film 6 thumbs up! The grandmother was, laughing out loud, the child was smiling and hopeful, and the mom appreciated her role being important in a Disney film again. There’s something for the whole family in this epic sequel. We hope you enjoy it with your Central Florida family too.
Disclaimer: This review is based solely on the opinion of My Central Florida Family staff.
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