Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Movie Review: "Frozen" (2013)

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Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Elsa (Idina Menzel) was born with magical powers: the ability to freeze anything she wants and to create ice and snow. Anna (Kristen Bell), her younger sister, is a normal girl who enjoys playing with her big sister in the icy wonderment she creates. After a fluke accident while playing, Elsa accidentally freezes Anna's head. Their father and mother rush Anna to the trolls, who are able to heal her but warn that an icy shot to the heart would be fatal. They also took away Anna's memories of Elsa's powers. Elsa is kept from Anna and told to conceal her powers. Keeping with Disney's tradition, their parents die while at sea, making Elsa heir to the throne. After the castle doors are opened during Elsa's coronation, Anna meets Hans (Santino Fontana), a prince with 12 brothers, and they fall in love and want to get married after a few short minutes together. Elsa will not give them her blessing, causing a fight between the sisters. Elsa, without the ability to truly control her powers, freezes the entire castle and town of Arendelle, bringing down a huge winter storm in the middle of summer. She flees to the mountains and Anna charges after her, leaving Hans in charge. Anna meets Kristoff (Jonathon Groff) and his reindeer Sven, and an enchanted snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), who help her search for her sister in order to bring back summer to Arendelle.

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Let's make 2014 spectacular, shall we!? :)

This movie was pretty good! It had its moment of cuteness and it also had its moments of poking fun at some of the Disney princess stereotypes. It is a decent adventure story, one we haven't really seen explored before as far as snow goes. Snow makes for more wonderment and magic! It has a lot of humor, mainly from sidekick characters Sven and Olaf. Actually, the characters were all strong and solid, and the overall story is strong as well...

...Maybe it's just us, but the music is what lacked. The songs were catchy and fun, but something wasn't quite right about them. Maybe it was Idina Menzel's more mature sounding singing voice versus that of Kristen Bell's (who is not a singer but did pretty good!), but something didn't mesh. Perhaps it was the subjects of the songs, maybe they seemed forced into the movie? In fact, we didn't know this was a musical until we heard the opening song and figured it out from there.

Overall, this movie was quite magical and heartwarming. The biggest surprise was the one for feminism! Maybe it's not what we're used to, but maybe that's a good thing. Maybe we need to shake off the dust from old Disney musicals and try something new. We will definitely watch this again when it comes out on DVD to see if it has lasting power.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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