Frozen II is by far the best animated film of 2019 — and I say that fully aware that Toy Story 4 came out this year. (TS:4 is a really close second.)
Disney has given us some great content this year, and I know they’re not done yet, especially with the launch of Disney+. Frozen II has everything a great film should. It honors the original while going in a new and compelling direction. Disney doesn’t really do feature animated sequels, but they nailed it with Frozen II.
Frozen II continues the story of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Arendelle with their friends Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. They set out on a journey beyond the borders of Arendelle into new lands, searching for answers about Elsa’s past, her magic powers, and who she really is. Along the way, Anna and Elsa hope to find the answers they’ve been seeking about their family.
During the press conference for Frozen II, each member of the cast and crew described the new film using one word. Their answers? Perseverance, change, courage, adventure, soulful, growth, epic, and resilience. The film tackles each and every one of these words on different levels. Frozen II approaches some major topics, like: environmentalism, our relationship to nature, colonization, reparations, mental health, and of course, the love within a family.
The characters themselves are still some of the best Disney has developed. The depth behind Elsa and Anna still impresses. In Frozen II, we get to see different sides of Kristoff and Olaf as well. The complexity of the characters creates a smart story that caters to both kids and adults alike. You can definitely feel the growth and maturity of both the characters and the story. The characters and the journey they take in Frozen II redefine what it means to be a Disney role model. Anna and Elsa are two fiercely independent princesses who are changing the way we think about the fairytale notion of happily ever after and what it means to love. The trials and obstacles faced in Frozen II demand more than bravery and a sense of adventure. The characters were tested in ways I never thought Disney would ever take an animated musical feature. It was a little dark at times, but genuine in every moment.
Be sure to see Frozen II in theaters, November 22.
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