‘Frozen’ Melts Hearts Despite Frigid Setting
Published: Friday, January 17, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 15:01
By now, most people have probably heard the hype about this movie, whether from friends or on social media. “Frozen,” Disney’s newest animated feature, has melted hearts around the world and is already on its way becoming a classic Disney movie. The movie easily grossed over $500 million by Dec. 30, possibly due to a lack of serious competition in its genre, but also because of its wonderful story, stunning visuals and catchy soundtrack.
This newest Disney movie focuses on the small kingdom of Arendelle and its two princesses, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). Set in a very Scandivanian-like area, it could be considered a very loose retelling of the classic story “The Snow Queen.” Elsa, the older sister, has magical powers to create snow and frost; she and young Anna think it is all fun and games until Anna gets hurt and almost dies. After that, Elsa becomes afraid because she cannot control her powers and so isolates herself in the castle, until years later at her coronation when the two finally meet again. When Elsa’s magic is revealed by accident, she runs off into the snowy mountains, and it is up to Anna to find her, bring her back and convince everyone she is not an evil witch. Of course there is a lot of fun along the way, with ice miner Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, and the loveable snowman Olaf, who got most of the laughs in this film.
Unlike most Disney cartoons, this one has several twists that will leave audiences stunned. For those who are looking, it may seem obvious, but compared to other family movies this was very smoothly done. It also focuses more on the relationship between the sisters than Disney Princess movies have in the past, and the animation is very beautiful and detailed. This being said, “Frozen” has proven to be more than just another “princess” movie for little girls, but has entertained audiences of all ages. Many college friends I know have gone and enjoyed it, and when I went, there were many young adults without children at the theater (including me).
In my opinion, the area where “Frozen” fell short was in the songs themselves. While they were catchy and not necessarily bad, they were not particularly unique or memorable, with the exception of the solo Let It Go by Idina Menzel (who voices Elsa). However, the entire album has been doing quite well, reaching number one on the billboards this past week above Beyoncé’s newest album, so I may be alone in thinking this.
So if you have not already seen “Frozen,” I would definitely recommend going while it is in theaters to get the full experience. It really is quite funny and charming, bringing together a lot of talent between the actors and the animators. Otherwise you will have to wait until it comes out on DVD in March to know what everyone has been talking about.