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- Frozen (2013) reviewed by Jessica Jesudasen
Friday, March 14, 2014
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Synopsis: Elsa (Idina Menzel), the new queen of Arrendale, has concealed her magical powers to create ice and snow her entire life, hiding them even from her little sister, Anna (Kristen Bell). When Elsa accidentally reveals her powers, sending Arrendale into an eternal winter, Anna sets out on a journey to find her sister and restore summer to the Kingdom. Leaving her fiancé, Hans, in charge, Anna sets off to find her sister, and meets a mountain man, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer, Sven, who help Anna along the way.
Reviewer’s Rating: 5/5 Reels
Frozen is a breath of fresh air to the collection of Disney stories in the past decade. It combines just the right amount of song, twists, and suspense, leaving the audience satisfied and with a few lingering tunes. Overall, the story was exceptionally written, directed, and designed. It holds just the right balance of cliché and twists, making it the perfect movie for a family or ninety’s kid who grew up on Disney’s animated classics.
Throughout the movie, character development is well thought out, creating an attachment between the audience and each character. From the second scene, Elsa and Anna’s relationship as sisters is captured, drawing the audience into Anna’s curious nature and Elsa’s magical powers. The dangers of Elsa’s powers are also immediately seen when the two girls are young, foreshadowing what’s to come.
The first song of the movie, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” serves as a strong anthem, along with “Let it Go,” for the movie, attaching the audience even more to Anna’s character and establishing a fondness of Elsa, though she remains concealed. Soon after, the audience learns that the King and Queen die from a tragic shipwreck, which seems to happen rather suddenly, in the middle of the first song.
The movie transitions to three years in the future on the day Arrendale is to coronate their new queen, Elsa. It is at the coronation that the audience recognizes Christoff and his reindeer, Sven, from the very first scene of the movie showing mountain men producing ice blocks. This scene seems random at the beginning, but is tied together once the audience is re-introduced to Christoff and Sven, who help Anna along in her journey to find Elsa.
Unlike most Disney movies, Elsa sets out on her journey alone, with just her horse. She is a likeable princess and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. During her journey, the audience becomes conflicted between Hans, Anna’s fiancé, whom she has only known for a day, and Christoff. Hans is a perfect prince who takes care of the Kingdom while Anna is gone and Christoff is a simple mountain man who ends up falling in love with Anna. One of the most loveable characters of the movie is Olaf, a childhood-imagined snowman that Elsa has created. He is caring, witty, and brings much comic relief to the characters and audience alike.
As the plot thickens and Anna realizes that her sister won’t be of any help to Arrendale, her troubles hasten as she realizes her sister has accidentally frozen her heart and she needs immediate help. Christoff takes Anna to a group of funny and musical trolls who have raised him, who reveal that Anna’s frozen heart and the icy kingdom will only be restored by an act of true love, which is immediately interpreted as a true love’s kiss.
As the story continues, the audience realizes that Hans is only after the throne and plans to kill Elsa and leaves Anna to die. Christoff realizes his true love for Anna and tries to make it back to the Kingdom on time. The Kingdom is finally restored when Anna comes between Hans attempt to kill Elsa, an act of true love. Elsa realizes love has been the answer all along and the Kingdom lives happily ever after. The plot and resolution is perfectly thought out, though the answer being love serves as a bit cheesy and predictable. However, there were enough twists and turns, which took much of the predictability away.
Overall, Frozen is an exceptional work of animation, deserving to be a classic, because of the right amount of song, suspense, twists and turns, and incredible character development. It leaves a feeling of nostalgia and reminder of Disney classics like The Lion King, Cinderella, or even Mulan. It is a movie for all ages and one to be watched over and over again!
By: Jessica Jesudasen