Frozen 2 (3 stars)

Frozen 2

Chirpy but slightly less compelling sequel to the animated smash

If you loved 2013's Frozen for the songs, the characters and the comedy, then you're in luck with this chirpy sequel. The story sees Elsa (voiced once again by Idina Menzel) and Anna (fellow returnee Kristen Bell) heading off on a dangerous journey after Elsa hears voices calling her to a distant land. There, the royal sisters find out more about their past and face a series of obstacles.

But, unless you're hankering after Frozen backstory, the plot is less involving than the interaction between the characters, which include favourites Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad). Olaf remains a comedy highlight, whether he's playing festive charades or oversharing, which he does regularly. Particularly amusing is his newfound obsession with maturity – quizzing adults on their wisdom while displaying remarkable intelligence, if not common sense.

If Olaf is on the spectrum, maybe Elsa is as well: much of Frozen 2 revolves around her individuality and non-conformism, and the anxiety that comes with it. There's also more ammunition for Elsa's gay fanbase, though the film stops short of giving her a love interest. The romance mostly remains in Anna and Kristoff's camp, as he prepares various bumbling proposals.

Where Frozen 2 really comes into its own is the music. The ghostly voice calling Elsa is artfully worked into a couple of songs, Olaf has another catchy number, and there's something for the mums and dads when Kristoff breaks into a hilarious power ballad in the vein of Chicago's 'You're the Inspiration'. As for the kids, they get an additional cute animal sidekick in the shape of a salamander named Bruni that befriends Elsa. It's formulaic but, hey, it works. Although lacking the novelty of the original, or quite such a compelling story, it does have all the ingredients of a massive hit, for Christmas and beyond.

General release from Fri 22 Nov.

Frozen 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff
  • UK release: 22 November 2019

Elsa (Menzel) and Anna (Bell) head off on a dangerous journey after Elsa hears voices calling her to a distant land. The plot is less involving than the character interaction, but Olaf (Gad) is the comedic highlight and while it may be less compelling than the original, it's got all the ingredients for a hit.