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Frozen 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Slightly darker sequel charms with catchy songs, messages.

Movie PG 2019 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 111 parent reviews

age 7+

Excellent - but might be too much for younger or sensitive kids

This review contains some SPOILERS. My seven-year-old and I loved the movie. The animation is beautiful, and there are some more good songs (aside from Christoph's dumb "Lost in the Woods" song). Disney also takes a dive into colonization and Indigenous land rights, though of course they can't explore it too deeply in a 2-hour movie for kids. The themes can get a bit dark, but they can also present good teaching opportunities. Elsa and Anna find out that the villain was ... their grandfather, and they have to right the wrong that he did. If your child has had a couple of years of school and has studied history at all, they may be able, with your help, to connect the events of the movie with events from history. Depending on your family's background, your child's ancestors may have been similar to Anna and Elsa's grandfather, or they may have been more like the Northuldra leader he tricked and killed. Again, it's a good teaching opportunity for them. My sensitive first grader has been open to discussing these issues, usually prompted by movies or books. Some parts may be difficult for younger or sensitive kids, although my kid was fine. For several minutes of the movie, two main characters are thought to be dead and we see the intense grief of a remaining character. If this upsets your kids but they still want to watch, you may tell them the ending will be happy. I, the parent, have several unresolved questions about the elemental spirits and Elsa's role with them! (Who was the fifth spirit before her? Assuming she's not immortal, who will be the fifth spirit after her? Are the spirits immortal? How was Elsa's mother connected with Ahtohallan? Why didn't she tell her daughters about her past? How much did their father know? How did she get by as a child in Arendelle, away from her family, or did she have some family who were not locked in the forest? Do some Northuldra live in the village?)
age 3+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (111 ):
Kids say (228 ):

This charming musical sequel again elevates sisterhood, empowerment, love, and acceptance -- while introducing catchy new songs that are sure to please young Elsa and Anna fans. The storyline in Frozen 2 is less straightforward than in the original: There are multiple character arcs, and the youngest viewers may not understand one of the Northuldra plot points (it's reminiscent of an ugly aspect of U.S. history concerning Native Americans). But there are several musical interludes (it feels like even more than in the first movie) and enough humor to keep viewers happy and satisfied. No longer awestruck by everything around him, Olaf is maturing in a hilariously philosophical way. He wonders about the meaning of the universe and his place in it and at times comes off like a clever, angsty teen (audiences may think of Groot more than once in this film). Of the new characters, Wood is a standout as the girls' mother, as is Sterling K. Brown as a veteran Arendelle soldier.

The music (again co-composed and written by spouses Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) doesn't include an obvious successor to the once ubiquitous "Let It Go," although "Into the Unknown" features the same emotional crescendo of Menzel's stunning voice. Several of the songs sound similar, but that's to be expected from composers who hit the jackpot with a particular musical style. Groff's Kristoff finally gets his big solo, "Lost in the Woods," which is presented in the style of an '80s power ballad video and should elicit more than a few laughs from Gen X and older parents. Anna's song "The Next Right Thing" is compelling and bittersweet, and Olaf's "When I'm Older" has the comical tone audiences expect from the adorable snowman. The romance here is already established, so that subplot is more about Kristoff wondering whether Anna wants marriage as much as he does, when she's so preoccupied with her sister's well-being. While fans shouldn't expect the exact same kind of magic as in the original, Frozen 2 is a fitting tribute to Elsa and Anna's promise to protect and defend each other -- and their kingdom.

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