I hope it has been obvious in past posts that I am a fan of Disney and all of its branching companies such as Marvel and Pixar. If it hasn't been obvious, well, I suppose this post makes it pretty clear now. With my love for Disney at last being established it would come to no surprise that I went to see this movie as soon as I could and let me tell you, it was money well spent. So bundle up, sit back with your favourite steamy beverage, and get ready for this chilly review of Frozen.
As the next in a very long line of princess movies, Disney's Frozen tells the tale of two sisters who had grown apart over the years because of a powerful secret. Elsa (Idina Menzel), the eldest sister, has the gift to control all that comes in the winter, but unfortunately she can't control it. When she accidentally releases an icy curse over the kingdom of Arendelle, her younger sister, Anna (Kristen Bell) embarks on an adventure to find Elsa and bring back summer. The problem is Anna only just found out about Elsa's powers and she needs to convince her sister that she can stop the storm before it becomes too late.
Along the way Anna befriends a grouchy on the outside, gooey on the inside ice cutter, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his playful reindeer, Sven, and an adorable talking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Left behind in Arendelle is an obvious villain who distrusts Elsa's sorcery and a villain so hidden that it takes you by surprise when he is revealed. Frozen also throws in a cast of singing trolls made of rock and a temperamental snow monster nicknamed Marshmallow by Olaf, rounding out the magical world with the citizens of Arendelle.
From the very beginning this animated feature was advertised to be the next big musical Disney has produced since The Lion King. Honestly, I wouldn't go that far as to agree, because that would discount every other lovely musical in between such as Pocahontas, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, and Tangled. However, as musicals go this one was pretty good with touching numbers between sisters, a quirky summer song, and a powerful solo about gaining confidence and letting go of past pains. But lets not forget about a fantastic score that does a splendid job in moving the story along while keeping to a Norwegian feel with such pieces as Vuiele and Heimr Arnadalr.
While the heart of this movie is almost entirely made up of the love between the two sisters it is helped in no small way by the charm of friendship and loyalty shown by the supporting characters. It doesn't hurt that there is a fair amount of humour as well, sometimes subtle and sometimes just point blank obvious. Of course this is not just a happy-go-lucky romp in the snow, but a story neatly peppered with danger that causes just enough worry for our female hero and co. But don't worry. This is after all a Disney film and Disney (almost) always ends with happiness and good cheer.
So until the next time...
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON, MOVIE GOERS
Favourite quote: "You're getting married after knowing the guy for one day?!?" -Jonathan Groff (Kristoff)
Easter Egg: There is a disclaimer about a Kristoff comment towards the end of the credits and a hidden clip at the very end.
Surprise Cameo: During a song sung by Anna, look for a cameo from Tangled's very own Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. It is a split second shot so if you missed it here is a link to a still frame: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/rapunzel-cameo-in-frozen-surprises-the-director-of-tangled-91634.html