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There’s always something special about enjoying a film outdoors, rather than in your regular enclosed movie theatre. Stripping away the ceiling, eradicating the aisles and lounging on comfortable beanbags while watching a great film play on the big screen—no regular movie theatre could top that. And right now, one of the best films to enjoy outdoors would certainly be the newest instalment to the Frozen franchise, Frozen 2.

Frozen 2, directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, takes place right where our beloved Arendellians left us off six years ago. All seems to be well in Arendelle; Elsa’s (Idina Menzel) powers are still very much under control, Anna (Kristen Bell) is gleefully enjoying the current unchanging days, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) wishes to take his relationship with Anna to the next level, and Olaf (Josh Gad) just can’t wait to get a little bit older. However, there are still a few unanswered questions about the past and death of Anna and Elsa’s parents. Where were they going? How did their ship sink?

While Anna spends her days treasuring each and every moment with her sister, her boyfriend, his  reindeer pal and their magical icy companion, Elsa can’t help but feel out of place among the flurry of activity in Arendelle. And things begin to change once she hears a constant melody being sung in the distance. Elsa immediately decides to ignore the voice when she realises that she’s the only one who can hear it, thus forgetting all that she has learnt from the first instalment of Frozen. However, she is soon incapable of evading her curiosity and decides to listen to the voice, responding to its callings. Unfortunately, her response results in the immediate evacuation of the kingdom, as the four elements—fire, water, earth, and wind—claim Arendelle. It is then up to the faithful main characters—Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven—to venture off into the Enchanted Forest to learn more about the past of both their parents and their kingdom.

Throughout the entirety of the film, all of our favourite characters are constantly interacting with the elements within the Enchanted Forest, which makes this one of the most enjoyable films to watch at Kings Park’s Moonlight Cinemas. Be it Elsa’s battle with the elements or Olaf’s newfound friendship with the elemental wind spirit, Gale, being able to simultaneously experience Perth’s summer night breeze, really adds to and enhances the film’s viewing experience.

Unfortunately, as anticipated as it was, Frozen 2 doesn’t quite reach the same success that the first film managed to attain six years ago. While the musical numbers and storyline are enjoyable, they are indisputably satisfactory and ultimately forgettable in comparison to its predecessor.

I had attended the Frozen 2 movie session at Moonlight Cinemas with my sister, and we are usually incapable of suppressing our own performance of a Disney film’s soundtrack after sitting through the film. However, on our drive back home, we were very much surprised to find that we were physically incapable of recalling, neither the melody nor the words of any of the film’s songs. Instead, we had to turn to YouTube to jog our memories as to how the songs went. Both of us ultimately found this to have been unexpectedly odd and slightly disappointing, as we had vividly remembered leaving the movie theatre, circa 2013—Boxing Day, belting out ‘Let It Go’, which we continued to do so for a solid month thereafter.

While Frozen 2 has certainly performed exceedingly well, in comparison to Disney’s past Disney princess film sequels, it has to be said that it is still incapable of holding a candle to its insanely successful predecessor film. However, I must admit that Frozen 2 certainly serves as a well-rounded sequel for the franchise.

Frozen 2 will be playing at Moonlight Cinemas again on February 1st, 2020.

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