FROZEN II Review — Our Kid Critic Thinks It’s Cool

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Frozen II Review —11-year old critic Betty Ordoña says that the plot and characters are not surprising, but the superb animation and music make up for that.

Frozen II was just what I expected out of a Disney sequel: superb animation and melodious songs with catchy lyrics, but not a great plot. Most of the dialogue felt contrived, and there was no real flow between events.

To summarize, sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), love-struck Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), trusty reindeer Sven, and chillin’ snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) set out to find the source of a mysterious voice that beckons Elsa. On the way, they discover a long lost clan, powerful creatures, and uncover secrets of Arendelle.

Much felt forced, although I did like the promotion of girl power (these princesses don’t wait around for princes to rescue them). But they kept playing the “sisters forever” card, which I feel like I’ve seen a thousand times. My dad tells me that’s an improvement from the way things were not too long ago in Disney movies, so that’s something.

One significant change, though, is that Elsa has a strong purpose from the start, and she is fully able to explore her powers. I feel like Pixar (Incredibles 2, Toy Story 3 & 4) has a higher bar for sequels than Disney does.

The animation is very detailed. The snowflakes, buildings, etc. are all elaborate. But the songs are probably the most outstanding parts of the film. One of them, called “All is Found,” is a soothing lullaby. Another one is an ’80s callback called “Lost in the Woods.” The most prominent song, the sequel’s answer to the original’s Oscar-winning “Let It Go,” is called “Into the Unknown.” It’s sure to get an Oscar nomination and will probably win, too. The lyrics really add to the energy of the song. You have to give it to Menzel, who did a marvelous job with the singing.

Still, my favorite part of the movie was its creatures, especially the reindeer, as they were very cute.

Though it didn’t amaze me, I would recommend this for a family outing on Thanksgiving or for fans of the original.

1 Hour 43 Minutes

Rated PG

If Betty’s Frozen II review makes you realize you’d better reserve seats quickly, find them on Fandango.com.

Frozen II Review —11-year old critic Betty Ordoña says that the plot and characters are not surprising, but the superb animation and music make up for that.

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Betty Ordoña is an 11-year-old who loves movies, but loves reading, engineering, and riding her bicycle even more. Favorite films include The Princess Bride, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. She is also an Official LAPL Comic Book Expert and Level 40 Pokémon trainer.

 

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar truce t. ordona, m.d. on December 4, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Is this reviewer really 11 years old?
    If I were a Disney executive, I’d hire her as a consultant.

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