Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Every year, you have the holiday season to look forward to and the winter-themed movies that subsequently release. Every year, it’s give or take. However, when Disney Animations Studios is behind the wheel, then you should be a bit more excited. Disney Animations Studios were the ones behind Tangled and Wreck-It Ralf, two very successful animated films. Frozen was there next venture, and one geared for a more holiday vibe. This is an example of a film I went into without knowing ANYTHING about it beforehand, and I was pleasantly surprised. It really was a great film. Maybe not as great as Tangled, but it does have a fantastic story.
This film centers on the lives of two royal princesses that lost their parents years before. One princess, Elsa, has the ability to create and manipulate snow, ice, and anything frozen. Before they died, they taught Elsa to hide and conceal her abilities, and because they grew and worsened, she shut herself off of the world, including her sister Anna. Like any portrayal of bottling things up, her powers exploded, ending up freezing her home town. She fleed the scene and made her own ice castle in the mountains. Anna, with the help of Kristoff, head after her to have her thaw the city and bring back the summer.
I will immediately admit that the plot is awesome. Moderately predictable, but it is a kid’s Disney film. That being said, you can really love the characters and the pacing. It is a very complete story filled to the brim with vividly colorful characters that feel unique and spread an important message of truth and consequence. The whole bottling up the truth thing and having it explode later is a very important lesson. Yeah, it was about powers, but the same applies in real life, which is a valuable lesson for kids to learn whilst watching. I would also say that was bad parenting teaching their child to hide herself…but we’ll let that slide for now.
I really don’t have a lot of bad things to say about the film, but there is one thing I have to say…the songs just…weren’t the best, especially not by Disney standards. You have Tangled, which has so many memorable and catchy songs, and then you have Frozen, which had, how do I say it, songs that go in one ear and leave the other. Basically, they had a catchy chorus that they use multiple times, but the rest of the song will quickly leave your memory. There wasn’t anything super special about most of them. I will say one of them is okay, and another song is completely phenomenal, but the rest are meh, which is a bit of a disappointment. You don’t want a Disney musical to have a weak song selection.
On a side note, this may slightly be spoilerific, but about the character Kristoff, did anyone else notice that he was Santa Claus? Kristoff – Kris Kringle, he rides a sleigh pulled by a reindeer and delivers things in the winter, has pointy elf-like shoes, and his family is a group of short magical and mythical elf-like creatures that live in a secret area that doesn’t really exist to the public….anyone? Anyone? Beuller? Am I grasping at straws here?
Anyways, I can’t really call this a Christmas movie, other than the Santa references, it’s just a great winter-themed film that the whole family enjoy. Also, stick around after the credits, there’s a neat little scene. Just thought I’d mention that, since I was the only one left in the theater in the end. Definitely check this one out if you got the time!
Fantastic winter animated film for the whole family to enjoy. The animation itself is very well done, the 3D is breathtaking, and the performances are great. One of the songs is phenomenal. Overall a great film.
All but one or two songs are completely forgettable, save for some catchy choruses.
Olaf: [after getting pierced by an icicle] Oh, look at that. I’ve been impaled.