“Frozen II,” the sequel to the widely beloved Disney’s “Frozen” (2013) was released on Nov. 22. Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad reprised their roles as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf back again in the kingdom of Arendelle.
The movie picks up again on the two sisters and their lives after the events of the previous film: Elsa doing well as queen and Anna, Kristoff and Olaf all happy too. The plot sheds more light on the background of Anna and Elsa’s deceased parents and also Elsa’s “frozen” powers. There are also clear autumnal and even Thanksgiving themes in the film for a movie that does not take place in the United States, but it is great for taking the kids to see it as a family around the holidays.
One of the new main storylines was the introduction of the Northuldra tribe living outside of Arendelle. Elsa and Anna look further into the dark past shared by the kingdom and the tribe. This storyline obviously reflects the colonialism in America’s own past and is very refreshing to see a more truthful “Thanksgiving story” in contrast to the more sugar coated tales from the past of particularly docile pilgrims. Elsa and Anna search for answers and solutions together along with their sidekicks, but once again, the relationship of the sisters proves to be the most powerful force in the film.
As a sequel, it is usually expected that they are not as good as the originals. This sequel did include almost too many references to the original film but could also be deemed as necessary. Something to not miss, that was arguably better in this film than the previous, was Olaf’s commentary throughout the film. It was good enough this time around that one could go just for his remarks.
Overall, if you are looking for a good film to take your younger family members to this holiday season or are a “Frozen” or Disney fan yourself, it is a festive way to spend your time.