Friday, March 14, 2014

Frozen (2013)

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Williams, Stephen J. Anderson, Maia Wilson, Edie McClurg, Robert Pine, Maurice LaMarche, Livvy Stubenrauch, Eva Bella

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Synopsis: Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel star as sister princesses Anna and Elsa respectively from Arendelle. After Elsa loses control of her ability to create and manipulate snow and ice, she turns the whole kingdom of Arendelle into an eternal winter and runs away into the mountains. Anna teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Prince Hans of the Southern Isles (Santino Fontana) to find Elsa and determine how to stop the eternal winter from hurting Arendelle. Along the journey, it is found that one of Anna’s new friends has ulterior motives in saving the kingdom.

Reviewer’s Rating: 5/5 Reels


Review:

Overall, Frozen was a spectacular movie. The plot line was unexpected and riveting. The animation was superb and lifelike. The music and songs in the movie fit well into each and every scene they were in and were musically stunning. The actors and actresses did a fantastic job voicing the characters and allowing the audience to relate to the story. Olaf the snowman provided the comic relief for the film during the serious action that took place. This movie is definitely worth watching over and over again and will become a Disney classic.

The storyline and plot of the movie provides the backbone of the gripping tale that is Frozen. The plot is very predictable at points but not predictable at the points that it really matters. One example of this is that after Hans and Anna end up pledge to be married, there is a rift between them that no one saw coming. The ending of movie differs from the majority of Disney fairytales and is very well thought out and put together.

In addition, the animation of the movie made it seem lifelike. One can tell that the animators spent much time planning the animation and using the best modern technology. It is the most visually stunning animated movie. The snow is very detailed and looks realistic. At times, one can forget that the movie is animated.

The music of Frozen enhances the appeal of the movie. The lyrics of the songs appeal perfectly to each and every scene. There are numerous examples of this in the movie. The best example of this is when Elsa sings “Let It Go” after she runs away to the mountains. The song speaks about her emotions and how she feels about not having to keep her power hidden anymore. She can be free and express herself freely. The song “Let It Go” won the Academy Away for best original song.

The actors and actresses gave life to the characters they voiced. The emotions portrayed in the characters were relatable and gripping. The characters seemed real and had lifelike traits. An example of this is that princess Anna during the movie is at times awkward by lines she says. That is not typically a trait of a princess and provides reality to the movie.

Lastly, the dark moments in the movie are countered by the comic relief provided by the snowman Olaf. He was created by Elsa accidentally and teams up with Anna to bring back summer. A great example of comic relief is when Olaf sings the song “In Summer.” In this song Olaf sings about how great summer will be once the eternal winter subsides. The irony is that Olaf will no longer be a snowman during summer.

Frozen is definitely worth watching. It is an enjoyable movie and it is unexpected at parts. It won the best animated feature at the Academy Awards. This movie will not disappoint.






By: Aaron Mood

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  1. I agree with most of your review. I loved the animation and story and literally just about everything in this movie, but I could not jump on the bandwagon for the music of this film. None of the music was memorable for me. I don't think that it should've won Best Original Song over U2's "Ordinary Love." If anything, the song "Let It Go" was very annoying, but maybe that is just because everyone at Biola has overplayed it.

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  2. You bring an interesting perspective to the music of the film by pointing out how well the songs fit with the storyline. The lyrics were obviously thoughtfully written and give purpose to the songs. I disagree that the storyline provides the backbone for the film, as I think the plot weakly directs the story. However, the "rift" between Hans and Anna is definitely an unexpected twist, which the film's creators skillfully hid until the end. I like that you mention how easily the audience can relate to the characters, and I agree that Anna's character is unlike the stereotypical Disney princess. As you pointed out, her quirks provide a more lifelike portrayal, which makes the film more enjoyable.

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