Last week I was invited by Disney to attend the red carpet world premiere of Frozen 2!
Needless to say, it was an absolute dream come true. Between rubbing elbows with the cast on the red carpet and the excitement of being among the first to see the long-awaited film, it’s taken me a moment to compose myself enough to get a blog post up. But after some deep breathing and heavy reflecting, I am ready to write a proper review and share everything I loved about this film and why I’m willing to bet you’re going to love it too.
1. The animation is next level.
Disney Animation has truly upped their game with this film. From the beautifully realistic autumn trees of the Enchanted Forest to the ethnically accurate hair texture of Lieutenant Mattias (a new character voiced by Sterling K. Brown), every detail is exquisite. But what blew me away most was the emotion conveyed in the faces of the characters. I didn’t just feel for them, I felt with them. And I once again felt incredibly moved by the love of these two royal sisters.
2. Kristoff sings!
The only problem most fans had with the first Frozen film is that they cast a Tony award nominated Broadway star to play the role of Kristoff… and then didn’t give him a song outside of a small duet with himself as a reindeer. FAIL!
Fortunately for us, the sequel is compensating by giving Jonathan Groff the show-stopping number that he deserves. I won’t give away too much, but it is quite a moment and quite possibly one of my favorite parts of the film.
3. Elsa sings too!
Yes, Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) has returned with yet another powerful character-defining ballad… but it’s not the one you think it is. All of the promotional materials and trailers have included the song “Into The Unknown,” leading many to believe that this is in fact the successor to “Let it Go.” And while it is a phenomenal song and important to the story’s progression, it is not the song. I honestly don’t forsee either number being the phenomenon that “Let it Go” has been, but they are both excellent in their own right and Elsa’s new song, “Show Yourself” will no doubt be an instant hit. Anna and Olaf also have new songs in the film and they are all bound for my Spotify Disney playlist.
4. Olaf is somehow even more hilarious than he was in the first film.
How could Josh Gad possibly top his performance of Olaf in the original film? I didn’t think it could be done. But he did that. He did that for us and I for one am incredibly grateful.
5. Anna and Kristoff are #RelationshipGoals.
In the first film, we watched Anna (Kristen Bell) learn the hard way that true love isn’t always as it appears. Now, with her newfound emotional maturity, we get to see the growth and depth of her now blossomed relationship with Kristoff and its truly what every healthy relationship aspires to be.
6. The power this film has!
Part of what drew me to Frozen in the first place is the strength and independence of Anna and Elsa. Along with their impenetrable bond as sisters, these core personality traits are even more present in these heroines in Frozen 2 in a way that makes it almost impossible not to feel invested. This story is not just about two sisters discovering their past, but discovering their future as well. The underlying moral behind Frozen 2 will inspire audiences to be brave enough to live your truth; even when that means leaving your comfort zone to take risks and venture into the unknown.