If you were holding out hope that “Frozen 2” could equal or surpass the original phenomenon, it’s time to let it go.
There’s a lot bigger about Disney’s animated musical followup to the 2013 mega-hit but not much is better this time around. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, “Frozen 2” (★★½ out of four; rated PG; in theaters Nov. 22) dives into a mythology dump while continuing the story of loving sisters Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell), sans the same charm, goofy spirit and powerhouse showtunes of the original film.
The sequel is set three years after Elsa came to accept her ice powers as a gift rather than a curse, and Anna saved her sis and punched evil ex-boyfriend Prince Hans in the face. Now, adorable snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) is loving his new permafrost though is starting to grasp the concept of impermanence, rugged yet vulnerable Kristoff wants to take his relationship with Anna to the next level, and the peppy “Some Things Never Change” is a chance for everyone to (of course) sing about how something different is in the air.
Queen Elsa is actually rather happy at the beginning of “Frozen 2,” yet even she feels there’s more out there in the world for her. When she hears a melodic call compelling her to venture out beyond Arendelle’s walls and sees elemental signs on floating mystical ice daggers, Elsa and the gang begin a new adventure that involves an investigation into the origins of her powers and the discovery of an enchanted forest that’s been walled off from Arendelle for a few decades.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Brian Truitt