Movie Title: Frozen
Date Released: November 27th, 2013
Date Seen: December 21st, 2013
Seen with: Michal, Marcus, Jack
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
The story of princesses Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), one of which, Elsa, has a hidden power- the ability to create snow and ice with her hands. She hides it for fear of hurting anyone, but one day people find out and she runs off, accidentally leaving the town in eternal winter. Anna goes to try and find Elsa and bring her back to save the town. Along the way Anna meets Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his pet reindeer Sven, and even a talking snowman, Olaf.
This is quite possibly the best animated movie in a number of years. It goes back to the old-school Disney musical numbers, that are very catchy and well written. There’s a nice mix of catchy cute songs, some hilarious songs, and some really good songs. There’s one song in particular that everyone is obsessed with. It’s “Let It Go”. I found the song along the same lines as the other – good – but what makes it so great is the scene that it goes along with. It was my favorite part in the movie, when Elsa finally really explores the extent of her powers, and it is incredible. During this scene I found myself wishing that I had seen the movie in 3D. It was a beautiful scene with lots of snow, ice, snowflakes, and even an ice castle. It is by far the best scene in the movie.
I thought the animation was well done. Scenes like the “Let It Go” scene were beautiful with all the colors, snowflakes, ice fractals (which is even mentioned in the song, which the nerd in me loved). The rest of the animation felt very much like Disney, which I’m ok with, because I like it. It’s the kind of ridiculous, crazy dancing around in songs, weird characters like a talking snowman, reindeer with some personality, and people that were believable, even if the girls did look a bit like Anime characters some times. They have huge eyes… but beyond that, they were pretty.
There were only two issues I had with the movie. One, I’ll probably hear something about – but Idina Menzel bothered me. I love her, but the fact that a 40 ish year old woman’s voice is coming out of this supposed to be 20 year old girl was really bothering me. Every time Elsa sang, I’d be like “oh, Idina Menzel again…” and it took me out of the movie. Granted, only for about 3 seconds, but still. I was always thinking “there’s that 40 year old woman again…” It didn’t bother me when she was speaking, but the singing voice just didn’t fit with Elsa’s supposed age. This could just be because I know Idina Menzel’s voice so well, thanks to my Rent and Wicked addiction, but still, it bugged me. The other issue I had with the movie were the trolls. That just seemed so dang random. I thought they were hilarious, and I liked the “fixer upper song” that they sang, however, it just didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the movie. It was like one of the screen writers was like “we need something even more random than the talking snowman… TROLLS!” I’ll get my trolls-adopting-orphan-children when ‘The Boxtrolls” comes out. Until then, keep the trolls away from an otherwise great movie.
There is a lot in the movie for everyone. Things that even little kids will find funny, things adults will find funny, my personal favorite being Olaf running away from the monster, and saying he’s so out out of shape – and he is, literally, not in the correct shape, with his snow pieces being out of order. It’s a quick little thing you hardly notice, but hilarious. There’s also a whole song about Olaf, the snowman, wondering what it’s like in summer. Kids can obviously see why it’s funny. Go see this movie with the whole family and everyone will have a great time.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There’s a good synopsis here.
There isn’t really anything I can spoil, because it’s a kids movie. There’s nothing very surprising in the movie, other than the random trolls. You watch the beginning and you can pretty much guess exactly what is going to happen after coronation day (you need up until then to meet the characters). For once a character that doesn’t need a man, even if it takes her a while to figure it out. Yes, some people will say we’ve had Merida from Brave, but I don’t consider Merida a person, since she’s too dumb to earn title of “person”. Review here if you’re interested. I hated that movie with a passion, so I’m glad to have a recent Disney movie that is great.
The only real thing I wanted to mention down here, that is despite the fact that it is kind of obvious, I loved that for once ‘True Love’s Kiss” wasn’t a mans. It was the sisters kiss that saved her, aw so cute
Great movie for the family, teenagers, fans of old school Disney movies, kids, and anyone in between, with beautiful scenes, likeable characters, and great songs.