Disney has been on a role with films such as Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph. With the release of Frozen, Disney has created another great addition to the Disney catalogue.
Frozen follows the story of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), two sisters and princesses. One of them, Elsa, has very unique powers, the ability to create snow and ice – however a fateful accident causes her parents to keep Elsa’s powers hidden.
Anna and Elsa grow apart as Elsa lives in exile. After a series of events, Elsa’s powers are revealed to the whole kingdom of Arendelle and she accidently freezes the whole kingdom. Anna goes on a journey to find Elsa so that she can convince her to thaw Arendelle. She also goes to convince Elsa to return to the kingdom.
Throughout the film she meets characters such as the handsome prince Hans (Santino Fontana). She also meets the unusual and humorous Kristoff (Jonathan Groff). Both men share a part in Anna’s love story. However, I felt not giving Elsa a love story was a missed opportunity. Elsa’s character in general felt like a missed opportunity. I would have loved to see more scenes involving her so that the audience could build a larger connection to her. That’s not to say that there is no emotional connection with the character, just that it would have made the emotional scenes even more emotional. Besides that, the comic relief characters that Anna meets are wonderful. Olaf (Josh Gad), the snowman, steals all of his scenes. He is incredibly funny, sweet, and a pleasure to watch. Sven, the reindeer, is also funny.
Frozen, as with other Disney classics, is a musical. The songs in the film are some of the best Disney has done in a while – besides ‘I See the Light’ from Tangled. Standout songs include ‘For the First Time’ and ‘Let it Go’. ‘Let it Go’ features wonderful vocals from Idina Menzel (a famous Broadway singer most known for Rent and Wicked).
The film has great visuals. Arendelle looks incredible (both frozen and unfrozen). The animation is splendid and in my personal opinion, it deserves to win the Oscar for best animated film. It features wonderful songs that evoke the feeling of classic Disney films, has great characters, and is an incredibly touching tale of two sisters. The only downside for me was the missed opportunities with Elsa, but they never hindered the experience. Disney has stepped their game up recently and I hope they continue making great family films.
- Although I said I think it deserves to win the Oscar, I’ve only seen two other animated movies this year which were Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. Out of all of the ones I have seen I would prefer Frozen to win.