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Into the unknown: A Frozen 2 review

I tried my best to go into this movie with minimal expectations because that often gives me room to enjoy something without trying to live up to a hype I’ve created in my head. I loved Frozen when it first came out. I still enjoy Frozen, but it wasn’t enough to overtake any of my favorite movies of the past the way Moana eventually did. So I tried to keep my thoughts and excitement in check. I still managed to set a few expectations that I’m thankful were shattered in the best way possible. I promise to keep this as spoiler-free as possible because there is a lot of magic to behold in the unknown.

Frozen movie poster with Anna and Elsa in a frozen forest.

The story is unexpected and new, albeit still a little predictable as a 36-year-old life-long Disney lover. But not everything was predictable. There is a major event near the end of the film that felt SO RIGHT, but came SO UNEXPECTED. Disney storytelling truly hit this one out of the park. The movie weaves some seriously dark and emotional scenes with laugh-out-loud comic relief so seamlessly that you may be crying one minute and bellowing the next, completely engrossing yourself in this adventure.

The whole Frozen squad (Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven) stare in awe into the unknown.
FROZEN 2 – In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven journey far beyond the gates of Arendelle in search of answers. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters November 22. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Sven and his reindeer friends get a little more spotlight that I’m here for, as he’s one of my favorites from the original movie. And Kristoff is charming and adorable as ever. Both of the sisters travel on their own journeys of discovery, and they are beautiful and emotional as ever.

Anna and Olaf share an icy boat ride.
In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) venture far from Arendelle in a dangerous but remarkable journey to help Elsa find answers about the past. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. ©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The inclusion of the elements was something Brian was super interested in seeing, particularly in how they handled the lore behind the elements, and he was impressed. While they didn’t seem to pull each elemental representation from the same lore, they did use fitting mascots for each of the elements. My personal favorite is the fire salamander, who I will love forever. *lick*

Elsa sprinkles Bruni with snowflakes
BRUNI – Curious and cute, this salamander inhabits the Enchanted Forest. Though shy at first, Bruni can’t help but be drawn to Elsa’s icy magic and enjoys the cool snowflake treats she creates. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. © 2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The music was incredible. I also believe this soundtrack to be superior to the first, though much different. I have been playing Into the Unknown on a constant loop in my head. It’s beautiful and powerful. Kristoff and Sven have an EPIC song, and I literally could not stop laughing through the entire thing. And the lullaby from the queen is hauntingly beautiful.

Easter Eggs and Extras

You know I love catching a cameo easter egg, so make sure you’re paying attention to Anna and Elsa’s ice dolls in the very beginning or you might miss Baymax! And stay all the way to the end credits, because like the first movie, Frozen 2 has one, well, too!

Frozen 2 was an absolute delight. I can’t wait to see it again. We saw it in 2D IMAX the first time, and we’ll likely go see it again in 3D, because some of the imagery is so stunning, I’m dying to see what they can do with it in 3D. That being said, there are some scenes that were a bit dizzying, even in 2D, so be cautious if you are easily affected by 3D movies.

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Disney+ is coming

We are less than a day from the Disney+ launch we’ve been waiting our entire lives for. This is the streaming service that was truly made for me, as no programming will go unwatched. With that, I’ve decided to provide you with some insights as to what you should probably watch this week when you sign up for Disney+. I’ve also thrown in my wish list on the off chance that the magic makers up there at Disney randomly stumble upon this silly ole blog (though, I’ll be honest — I know nothing about movie rights or distribution stuff, so like…I get it. Sort of).

Sitting in a chair in the middle of a garden waiting for Disney Plus to Drop
Don’t mind me — I’m just over here waiting for Disney Plus to drop some movies and TV shows.

New content I’m anxiously awaiting

The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

We already know I think he’s one of the three sexiest men alive. He could literally watch paint dry and ramble about it, and I’d be first in line to listen. I think this MIGHT be my first watch on the service (after I cry my eyes out seeing almost everything I’ve ever loved from Disney — more on the almost later).

Noelle

Wait. Okay. I lied. THIS is going to be the first thing I watch. It’s been snowing in Chicago since the last week of October. Christmas is here, motherfuckers (don’t @ me). Also, I love a Christmas movie, and I’m very much looking forward to a Christmas hero — who isn’t a dude — resonating deep in the caverns of my soul. Plus Anna Kendrick is pure magic.

The Imagineering Story

I love a good documentary, and one that’s about Disney Parks? I’m so here for it. When I love something as fully as I love Walt Disney World, I want to know everything about it. All the secrets, the backstage magic, the stories, the details. Everything. Having been on both the Marceline to the Magic Kingdom and Keys to the Kingdom tours at Walt Disney World, I am really looking forward to this deep dive into the parks. I could watch content like this all day long.

Classic content that I am so here for

Willow

This is definitely first-week viewing material. Adventure, magic, and Warwick Davis. I have so much nostalgia for this film, but I haven’t seen it since I was a child. I’m really looking forward to diving into this magical rabbit hole of memories.

The Princess Diaries

Anne Hathaway lives out my dreams of discovering her true identity as a princess and I couldn’t be more here for it. I’m looking forward to catching some serious couch time watching her transformation and subsequent love stories unfold. Again and again and again.

Lizzie McGuire

Someone asked me if they thought this show would hold up watching it as an adult. Honestly, I don’t know if I can be a true judge of this as 1. I’m definitely not an adult. 2. I love terrible things. and 3. I first watched Lizzie as an adult (sort of). It was our college, Saturday-afternoon, too-tired-to-do-anything-else show. So obvi I loved it.

Girl Meets World

Do you remember how obsessed I was when I binge-watched this magic back on the, uh, other streaming service? When I found Riley, it was like coming home. Sure, she was a kid and I was a grown-up. But Riley had so much of my spirit and heart and joy that she is one of the characters I’ve resonated with the most in all of television and movie history. Right up there with Liz Lemon and Clark Griswold, but more. I cannot wait to rewatch this series.

Content I’m hoping Disney brings as a Festivus miracle

Enchanted

One of my all-time favorite princess movies. I first saw Enchanted when it came to DVD, which I bought a lifetime ago. A week later, I made my best friend buy the Blu Ray version for his fancy Blu Ray player so we could watch the interactive quiz version. It was everything. I need this on my streaming service!

Flash Forward

Does anyone else even remember Flash Forward? And I’m not talking about the sci-fi TV show from 2009. I’m talking about the 1995 Disney/ABC show featuring Jewel Staite, whom I have loved ever since this and Space Cases (but that’s a show from another network) in the 90s. Anyways, Flash Forward was wonderful and I used to binge-watch it before binge-watching was a real thing. I vividly remember staying up all night watching reruns on The Disney Channel. Pretty please bring this baby to Disney+.

The Mighty Ducks

Listen, I grew up in the 80s and 90s. This trilogy of movies was everything. Sports movies were cool. Kids who were bad at sports were cool. By proxy, I also was cool. I haven’t seen these movies in decades, so I am ready to see if they hold up twenty years later. Gimme that flying V, Disney! Quack!

3 Ninjas

The first movie in this series was a Touchstone win. I still remember quoting every line of this movie and wishing I was also a ninja. And now I’m going to be over here chanting, “Rocky loves Emily” until Disney makes this movie available for streaming.

Well, gang, I’ve got a lot of Disney to watch (and only about 12 hours left to get everything else finished before my Disney-induced hibernation) so that’s all for now! What will you be watching first on Disney Plus? Are you already signed up for the streaming service or are you holding off? Let me know in the comments (and of course, I’m all for suggestions of what to watch next!)

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