Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Movie Review - Frozen
Going back to fairy tale roots, Frozen is a very loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. While it shares some general similarities from a high level, the overall plot is significantly different from the Andersen tale. In Disney's version we have the story of two sisters, princesses of Arendelle. Unfortunately the older sister Elsa has a magical problem...she can freeze things at will.
As a child Elsa's powers are limited but as she gets older her powers grow in strength as well as in difficulty to control them. Elsa is a good girl with a good heart but since she can't control her powers, she's forced to hide them and live tucked away from everyone.
Her younger sister Anna doesn't understand and wants them both to go outside into the world. As time plays its course, Elsa's secret is revealed and we find that the power has grown significantly. Elsa gains some control but not before plunging the world into ice.
The animation is fabulous. They did top notch in balancing the beauty and harshness of the frozen countryside. The snow and ice effects were great and the characterizations were a ton of fun. Each of the character's are distinct and have great visual nuances and style.
The overall plot of this movie is compelling and quite fun. The writing felt much more cheesy than in recent Disney films. The story had a fair amount of heart and so when the cheesiest jokes and one-liners came out they felt a little misplaced amid the sentiment of the story. Still they made for some good chuckles. The kids especially loved the naiveté and wordplay of Olaf the snowman. While most of the plot focuses on Anna and Elsa, there is also a romantic side-plot going on as teenage Anna dreams of true love.
4 out of 5 stars