Our day began with three very excited small people, today was the day we were going to see the much-anticipated Frozen 2. We were given tickets to go and see Frozen 2 on the IMAX screen at Odeon Cinema, Milton Keynes. Having never seen an IMAX showing before we didn’t know what to expect.
When Frozen first hit our screens in 2013 we loved it so much we saw it three times at the cinema and bought it the day it came out on DVD. Like most families, we watched it a ridiculous amount of times until we couldn’t watch it anymore. Would Frozen 2 live up to our expectations or would it be a step too far?
Don’t panic, we aren’t sharing any spoilers in here!! We had seen the preview trailers so we knew the basis of the storyline was Elsa discovering the origin of her magical powers and the threat hanging over Arendelle.
It’s great to see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf back on the screens. Once again we are reminded of the strength of the sister’s love for each other and their strong bond. We laughed along with Olaf, especially his abridged version of the story of Elsa and Anna’s life so far.
After all the ice-covered scenery of the last film, it was refreshing to see Arendelle and the new enchanted forest to which we are introduced in fall colours. Watching the film in IMAX format felt like we were in the forest with Anna and Elsa. I read that the creative team spent time in Norway, Finland and Iceland to find inspiration for the scenery. This paid off because it felt authentic.
Frozen 2 features 7 new songs which help to tell the story and convey the emotion the sisters and their friends are feeling as they discover the truth about their past. Even Olaf gets a fun new song When I am Older to rival In Summer from the first film. Into the Unknown is Elsa’s new Let It Go and I hate to say it but I’ve been humming it already since we arrived home.
Kristoff’s Lost in the Woods was a little cringe-worthy so I don’t think we will be singing that one any time soon but Albie found it very entertaining.
The Enchanted Forest
Slight Spoiler ALERT!! As I mentioned above, much of this film is set in the Enchanted Forest which has been hidden away from the world by a magical fog since Elsa and Anna’s father was a young boy. When Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf enter the Enchanted Forest they discover the indigenous people, the Northuldra and a group of the Arendelle guards who have been trapped in the Enchanted Forest by the fog. The question is, will the sisters be able to find a way to lift the fog and free the people?
What we thought to IMAX
This was our first time watching an IMAX screening so we didn’t know what to expect. Once seated in the cinema, the children all commented on how big the screen was. Much deeper and wider than the screens we are used to watching on. When the screen came to life with the adverts and trailers I have to admit I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. The screen felt too close (we were on Row G) and I felt like my eyes were struggling to focus but I’m pleased to report that watching the film was a completely different experience.
The colours were vivid and the way the screen appeared to curve around you increased the feeling of being ‘in the screen’ and part of the action which is cemented by the dynamic audio delivering crystal clear sound.
Have you tried IMAX before? Will you be going to see Frozen 2?