Frozen keeps its charm

Among the most anticipated movies of the fall season  this year was “Frozen 2,” the sequel to the record-breaking “Frozen.” While the film was overhyped and featured a childish  storyline, I walked out of the theater awestruck by the outstanding graphics and surprisingly engaging plot.  

Featuring the original cast six years after the original, “Frozen 2” details the problems that the kingdom of Arendelle faces when the forces of nature threaten to destroy it.

When Elsa (Idina Menzel) begins to hear eerie sounds calling out to her in strange tunes, she takes Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad) with her into the Enchanted Forest, which is filled with untold mysteries and dangers.

Utilizing the six-year lapse to refine the animation, storyline and soundtrack, the movie is visually breathtaking and superbly animated.

In scenes such as the one featuring the Black Sea, the incorporation of lightning flashes, intricately detailed phantom water horses and intense orchestral music display immaculate cohesion and intensity, fitting for the climax of the film. In addition, the meticulousness of the intricate facial movements and coordination of the characters are unimaginably realistic. Balancing emotional scenes with ones offering comical relief, “Frozen 2” hits the perfect balance of heartfelt, warm, humorous and iconic notes that had me reeling in laughter one moment to quietly weeping the next.

While “Frozen” is about mending the sisterly bond that was broken as children, “Frozen 2” takes on a more mature theme than the first movie and still manages to keep its charm.

Despite being a children’s film, the movie manages to incorporate subtle and contemporary approaches by addressing provocative topics such as colonialism and climate change through a simple plot, differing from the approach of the whimsical tale told by the first movie.

Showcasing spectacular graphics and an equally impressive, well thought out plot, “Frozen 2” arguably surpasses the original movie as well as the expectations of many critics.