"Reel Reviews: Disney’s sequel ‘Frozen 2’ reinforces love over fear" by: Jessica Shepard

   Since I’ve got a weakness for Disney movies, I decided to check out “Frozen 2” during its debut weekend.
   I believe that the film’s message of love is still a driving force in this sequel and it’s a perfect fit as an introduction to the holiday season.
   Frozen 2 it is the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen and features voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Ciarán Hinds, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto.
   King Agnarr of Arendelle (Molina) tells a story to his young children, Elsa and Anna, that their grandfather King Runeard (Sisto), established a treaty with the tribe of Northuldra by building a dam in the Northuldra’s homeland, the Enchanted Forest.
   Northuldrans are different than the people of Arendelle since they prefer to live in harmony with nature and use elemental magic to do so.
   However, a fight occurs, resulting in Runeard’s death.
   The battle enrages the elemental spirits of earth, fire, water, and air of the forest.
   The spirits disappear and a wall of mist encases everyone in the forest while Agnarr barely escapes with the help of an unknown savior.
   After his story, their mother Queen Iduna (Wood) sings them a lullaby from her family about the mythical river Ahtohallan which is said to contain all explanations of the past.
   Three years after her coronation, Elsa (Menzel) celebrates autumn in the kingdom with Anna (Bell), Olaf (Gad), Kristoff (Groff), and Sven.
   Elsa is still plagued with regret over the incident surrounding her coronation but also feels like she isn’t meant to be Queen though she’s tried to make the best of it.
   When Elsa hears a mysterious voice calling out to her, she follows it and unintentionally awakens the elemental spirits, which forces everyone in the kingdom to evacuate.
   Grand Pabbie (Hinds) and the Troll colony arrive to the Cliffside near Arendelle where everyone evacuated to, and Pabbie informs them that they must set things right by discovering the truth about the kingdom’s past and why the voice is calling to Elsa.
   They embark to the Enchanted Forest, following the mysterious voice and are stalled at the mist’s edge.
    But, the mist parts at Elsa’s touch and they enter, only to run into the air spirit appears and sweeps everyone in its vortex.
   Elsa stops it, forcing it into forming a set of ice sculptures as she overpowers it.
   The sisters discover the sculptures are images from their father’s past and that their mother was a Northuldran who saved Agnarr.
   They encounter the Northuldra tribe and a troop of Arendellian soldiers who are still at conflict with one another before the fire spirit appears.
   Elsa discovers the spirit to be an agitated magical salamander and calms it down with her magic.
   Elsa and Anna form a truce between the soldiers and the Northuldra by explaining that their mother was Northuldran and their father was Arendellian.
   Elsa later learns the existence of a fifth spirit who will unite both peoples and the magic of nature which prompts her to head north to discover it.
   That’s where things start really going awry, but, Disney always ends its movies on a happy ending.
Frozen II has broken numerous worldwide records for animated films and has generated over $350 million across the globe.
Clocking in at one hour and 43 minutes long, it’s rated PG for action/peril and some thematic elements.

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