Kristoff's Song is the Best Part of Frozen 2
Kristoff, ice master of Arendelle, is a king in a sea of Disney princes. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the Disney leading men, from Eric to Flynn Ryder. However, there is something about Kristoff’s gruff, sarcastic nature (combined with his loyalty to his reindeer Sven) that makes him stand out from the crowd. He challenges stereotypical Disney male archetypes by resisting the love story, and beginning by being Anna's friend first.
In the original Frozen, Kristoff sang a duet “Reindeers are Better than People,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-oFqCVNnbM). It was cute, but completely underutilized Jonathan Groff (the voice of Kristoff). In Frozen 2, Kristoff’s song is the strongest in the soundtrack. It’s an 80s power ballad, and I’ve honestly had it on repeat for an hour. Beyond being catchy and fun to belt out alongside everyone’s favorite mountain man, “Lost in the Woods” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiGcfay5jNY&feature=emb_logo) is one of the only Disney songs where the “I Want” song is a heartsick rock anthem sung by the male deuteragonist.
Disney films usually feature the classic Alan Menken “I Want” song, such as “Go the Distance” (Hercules) or “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana). These songs, at the outset of their respective movies, outline what the main character lacks and what they wish. However, Kristoff’s “I Want” song is simple-- he’s in love with Anna, he’s lost in the relationship and he wants to figure out how to fix it.
Kristoff sings with his retinue of reindeer, adding a bit of comic relief to an animated film about an ice queen making reparations for her grandfather’s political machinations. Not to take the spotlight off Kristoff, but his song makes me wish that all the Disney men had their own song-- especially Prince Eric. Kristoff's song is epic, a true banger, and eclipses Elsa's new song in Frozen 2.
In short, on a scale from “Mother Knows Best” (Tangled) to “Part of Your World” (The Little Mermaid), “Lost in the Woods” ranks close to the top, and is arguably the best part of Frozen 2.