TL:DR, it was fantastic.
Without seeing the previews at all, you might be curious to see how exactly they’d even be able to MAKE a sequel for Frozen. Pretty much every plot detail was tied up by the end of the movie, and it had a very satisfying ending. Without getting into it, I’ll say they did a great job of introducing new plot elements without it feeling like they came out of nowhere. The way they tied in to the first movie was satisfying, and they recap what happens in the first movie really well, so if you didn’t watch it, you won’t be lost, and if you have seen it, you’re not going to be bored seeing the recap. They found a way to still be entertaining with it all, which is a hard thing for a lot of movies to do.
As far as the music goes, I have mixed feelings about it all. On the one hand, there were a couple songs that I really really loved. Kristoph’s song had me laughing so hard I was having trouble breathing, and Anna’s song made tears stream down my face the whole time. That one probably affected me more than most people, due to my history with depression, but it’s such an important message for everyone, because we all wind up needing to deal with emotions like that at some point in our lives. On the other hand, I felt like a lot of the songs were more… situational than those in Frozen 1. Like in Frozen, you could have listened to any of those songs out of context and still enjoyed them, but when it came to the songs in this sequel, a lot of what they were singing about just wouldn’t make sense our of context at all. I think it all comes down to the difference between singing about broad emotions like in the first one, or singing about situations in the second one. Both are great in their own ways, but I don’t think that Into The Unknown is going to become nearly as big of a hit as Let It Go was for that reason. ALL THAT SAID, the songs are still really fantastic, and Idina Menzel kills it every time she opens her mouth.
From a visual standpoint, this movie is far better than the first. Don’t get me wrong, Winter is my favourite season, and it was awesome to see how beautifully they portrayed ice and snow reflecting light, but there were only so many colours they could use while still keeping the theming consistent. In Frozen 2, they went for a more Autumnal look, and it’s so gorgeous. They stayed away from super bright and hot colours for the most part, but they still had so much more to work with, and the palette is so gorgeous. Even the fire and flames that appear, wind up being more purple than red, and I’m living for it.
Overall I’d say that the story is strong, the music is decent, and the art direction is fantastic. I personally had some small issues with the first movie that made it hard for me to truly enjoy the experience, so in my personal opinion, this sequel stands above the original by far. If I had to give the movies a rating, I’d give Frozen a 7 or an 8 out of 10, and Frozen 2 a 9.5 out of 10. I think this movie is nearly perfect. As perfect as you’re going to get from a Disney film. I highly recommend you check it out, even if you don’t care much for Disney, or Frozen, or musicals.