I am ALWAYS a bit nervous when it comes to musical sequels. They easily can be screwed up. However, in the past I saw two sequels in the past that actually worked: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Mary Poppins Returns. That was because they had good songs and felt like a wonderful continuation of the original songs. When I found out that Frozen would have a sequel, I actually was nervous- I had formed a strong bond to Frozen- so of course I would be kind of nervous even though it still would have Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven and the same actors/actresses playing them.
Frozen II was the last thing I did in 2019. Would it work or it would be it in shambles? It was another sequel that worked in my opinion- if you want SPOILERS, PROCEED.
Just like the original, it opened with the exact same song- not “Frozen Heart”, but BEFORE any action or seeing any characters. It actually BEGAN as flashback to Elsa and Anna’s childhood: you learn about this Enchanted Forest. What you learn in this flashback is important for important for the entire movie. When I learn the first song- I knew the sequel did something right.
This is actually a more mature version of Frozen. It all began when Elsa heard this voice, and wanted to know where it was coming from. Most of it takes place in that Enchanted Forest. While Elsa in the original had her big number, this time, more of them had their own. Kristoff and Anna had their own- they had their own struggles allowing them to need a main solo. It still mainly focused on the sisterhood- Elsa still needed some help and had to be saved. I did like the songs.
Well- at one point, I thought we were going to lose both Elsa and Olaf. Elsa did take things a bit too far: I realized she was complex in the original, but this film made her more complex: she has two power ballads in this one. Anna literally thought she lost her sister- that was when her ballad entered; that song was heartbreaking. She had to save The Enchanted Forest alone- Kristoff wasn’t around. At the end, while Anna saved the Enchanted Forest, Elsa saved Arendelle. Well, at the end, Anna had to become Queen of Arendelle while Elsa had to look after The Enchanted Forest. Like expected- Kristoff, while struggling to propose to Anna, ended up proposing to Anna.
I still feel like a lot of my bond to Frozen came from Wicked.