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5 out of 5
Disney has struck gold over and over again since its first theatrical release in 1937. Many can argue that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast are the definitive Disney movies --- well now they’re not alone. Out of the cold frozen wasteland comes Frozen – a beautiful story about family, love, and friendship.
The backbone of Frozen consists of 3 things. #1 - The Story: It’s a story about friendship and about being yourself – even though certain unknown consequences may hinder you or your loved ones. It truly is a remarkable and uplifting story about many different characters that depend on one another to survive… and that friends can take any shape or form – whether it’s a reindeer or a snowman. #2 – The Characters: I immediately fell in love with the two lead girls in the movie – it was an instantaneous warm connection. Maybe it’s because I have three young girls myself, but these two charismatic girls were so heartwarming and adorable – it’s hard not to fall in love. And throw in a charming hero, weird reindeer, a unique villain and a funny snowman… and I’m in. #3 – The Music: Frozen is definitely a musical. It takes us back to Disney’s heyday – back when fairytale musicals ruled the world. I don’t need to talk much about the music, odds are you’ve already heard the songs 100+ times each – even if you’ve never seen the movie.
The cast is a beautiful ensemble of actors from across the board. You’ve got Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)… Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Enchanted), Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (‘Glee’), Hans, voiced by Santino Fontana (Nancy, Please) and the cute and cuddly Olaf, voiced by the cute and cuddly Josh Gad (21). It’s a rare incident in the animation world – where each cast member plays off the other so perfectly that their chemistry is reflected through each character’s beautifully rendered figure. Character development and character appeal isn’t only brought to surface by their voices - the amazing artistry that Disney has always had is more evident than ever. Facial expressions play a key part in any movie, but it really shines in Frozen.
Frozen has something for everyone: Music… ahem… Oscar winning music I mean. It has comedy – not the slapstick comedy that you’ll find from other studios, but thoughtful comedy that is missing from many animated movies these days. It’s got adventure. But more importantly – it’s got heart. This movie is so uplifting and moving.
Unfortunately, no movie is without flaws - even Frozen. I do feel that it has one song too many – the troll song could have easily been avoided. In fact, the trolls themselves could have been avoided. Not that I hated them, but they just seemed out of place and the song/scenes suffered because of it. And some people feel that since we are never given Elsa’s background (where her powers came from) – they feel that this is a weakness to the film. But I couldn’t disagree more. It gives it an element of mystery. It makes Elsa interesting. And although I know for a fact that there will be a Frozen 2 in which we may or may not know where her powers originated – I’m fully satisfied with the lack of character background in Frozen.
My Final Thoughts: You must see --- no… you must BUY this movie. I’ve seen it over ten times already, and it’s still not getting old. An instant Disney classic.