Run time: 103 mins
After sparking endless karaoke renditions of Let It Go, Disney’s ice princesses have returned
Six years since the smash-hit original, the sequel matures with its audience, both in its narrative and visual flair. Set three years later, we are reunited with loveable sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa is ruling Arendelle, living alongside Anna, her soon-to-be-brother-in-law Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and comic snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). The peace is disturbed, however, when a mysterious voice from the north starts calling to Elsa. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and pet reindeer Sven, the group embark on a quest to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save the kingdom of Arendelle. The film drops “binary good-and-evil storytelling for more nuanced depictions of the balance between humanity and nature” (Empire), exploring themes such as impermanence and growth. Frozen 2 tracks the evolution of its characters, most notably the emotional bond between the sisters, while still remaining light and humorous (Olaf is even funnier than before). With new catchy musical numbers written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, it’s yet to be seen which will be this film’s standout hit.