'Frozen 2' review: Anna and Elsa are back in Disney's darker, but solid, follow-up for those who still wanna build a snowman


None of the songs are as catchy as 'Let It Go', but the movie holds it own as a charming sequel to the original film

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Frozen 2 is an engaging, though sometimes confusing, follow up to the first film.

Haven’t been able to let go of Frozen? The sequel, Frozen 2, is an excellent, though much darker, film that fans of Anna and Elsa are sure to love.

Frozen 2 starts with everything going well in the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa is the beloved queen, and Kristoff is getting ready to propose to Anna – he’s just not sure how to do it. Elsa begins to hear a strange sound calling her to the north, and she can’t explain what it is – she just knows she needs to follow it. After the events of the last film, and the years of isolation from each other and their kingdom, Anna makes her promise that they won’t ever leave each other behind, and the two of them take off on an adventure that leads them through an enchanted forest covered in mist.

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The plot is a little hard to follow, and involves ancient folklore, family secrets and even colonialism. Into the Unknown, the song set up to be the next Let It Go, just doesn’t pack the same punch as the award-winning tune of the first film, but Show Yourself might emerge as the one kids won’t stop singing. The best music moment in the movie probably goes to Kristoff, when he sings a cheesy, 1980s-style duet with himself.

The film isn’t as optimistic as the first, and the few comic relief moments come from Olaf or Kristoff’s bumbling attempts to propose, but it holds up as a solid sequel that Disney fans will appreciate.