FROZEN II

Frozen II movie poster
Queen Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel), listening to a distant voice only she can hear, hopes to learn about her past. With forces of nature threatening the kingdom of Arendelle at the same time, she sets out on a journey to save her realm and uncover the mystery of her icy powers. Elsa's sister Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Anna's boyfriend Kristoff (the voice of Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) join the queen on the quest to find an enchanted forest where the answers await.

Unwilling to let it go, Disney has concocted another magical musical "Frozen" adventure. While not as captivating as the original,
this latest effort has enough to delight fans. Like the best of Walt's classic tales, directors/co-writers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (with screenplay help from Allison Schroeder, Marc E. Smith and the songwriting team of Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez) fill this colorfully-animated story with some spectacular effects, charm and music - running the gamut of emotions from joy to sadness. Romance is visible with Kristoff's several attempts to ask Anna to marry him. Once again, most of the humor for the kiddies comes from Olaf. Happily, there's not too much of the lovable snowman to annoy the adults. Occasionally annoying are some of the new show-stopping songs by the Lopezes. They literally stop the show. The above-mentioned voice cast members sing the tunes with ease. Still in my head is the haunting "All is Found", sung by Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Iduna - mother of Elsa and Anna. On the flip side is "Lost in the Woods", an absurd 1980s throwback music video with vocals by Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and singing reindeer (reportedly, also Groff's voice). There's sure to be awards nominations within the soundtrack. Christophe Beck provides the fitting instrumental score - as he did with the first film (the directors, songwriters and main cast are also returnees). Be aware that a few scenes will be disturbing for children and may even elicit tears from the older set. Stay through the end credits for song versions by Panic! At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves & Weezer and a closing scene. "Frozen II" will melt hearts. (3.5/5 CAMS)

Rated PG (for action/peril and some thematic elements)
Running Time: 103 minutes

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