Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough.
This is also one of the most beautifully animated films of the decade, filled with stunning visual pyrotechnics and incredible attention to detail. I saw “Frozen 2” on the majestic IMAX screen at Navy Pier, and while it was in 2D, it felt more 3D than a lot of actual 3D movies.
After a brief prologue set when sisters Elsa and Anna were little girls, “Frozen 2” picks up the story three years after the events of the first film. (At one point, the wonderful Josh Gad’s lovable snow guy Olaf performs a fantastically funny recap of the main plot points of the first “Frozen,” just because. It’s great.)
The kingdom of Arendelle is bathed in rich autumnal colors, and all seems calm and blissful. Elsa (Idina Menzel) still has that icy touch but seems in complete command of her magic, and the bond she shares with her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) grows stronger every day.