Academy Movie Review: Frozen

“Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart …”

I can’t help but feel somewhat behind the times. I’ve finally watched Disney’s Frozen, which won the Academy for Best Animated Film in 2014.  The 102 minute movie, directed Frozen_(2013_film)_posterby Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.

Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) are princesses, and close sisters, in the kingdom of Arendelle. It turns out that Elsa has a gift, that has transformed into a curse. After a childhood mishap, Elsa locks herself away. Leaving her sister Anna like a siblingless orphan.

Anna’s pent up angst is finally released in a frenzy of pure innocence and awe on the day her sister is is to be crowned Queen of Arendelle. While exploring her kingdom for the first time in years, she meets and falls immediately in love with Prince Hans (Santino Fontana), who is in town for the ceremony –and the youngest of a dozen older brothers.

In a moment of anger, Elsa sets off winter in the middle of summer.  Her magical powers are exposed and she is accused of sorcery. She flees to the mountains, destined to live alone. Free. But alone.

Anna leaves Prince Hans is in charge of the kingdom, protecting Arendelle, while she sets out to bring her sister back to the kingdom. On her journey she meets up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven.

The mission turns from just saving the kingdom, to saving the life of Princess Anna.
Complete with a giant ice monster, vicious wolves, chases, falls, devious plots, slippery twists and turns and nonstop action and suspense …

There is plenty to love about this movie. The bond between Kristoff and Sven is great. Kristoff continually provides “dialogue” between the two of them, and even perform a humorous debut. Olaf (Josh Gad) is a snowman from the girls’ childhood, brought back–and brought to life by Queen Elsa. He is clearly the comic relief, and even performs a song, In Summer, that was hysterical! He sings of loving beaches, the sun … and declares, “let’s bring back summer!” (Remember. He’s a snowman).

The song, Let It Go, sung by Menzel, won an Academy for Best Original Song. The visual effects during the performance was magical as Queen Elsa created her new castle of ice. The song, For the First Time in Forever, sung by both Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, is a narrative in theme and runs through multiple stanzas throughout the movie. It is catchy.

I don’t think I need to say it, but I will. For entertainment value, for musical numbers, for animation, characters and the enjoyment factor, I give the movie Frozen two thumbs way up!

Phillip Tomasso,
Author of The Vaccination Trilogy

This is my 4th Academy Movie Review, (See also Dallas Buyers Club 12 years A Slave, and Nebraska).

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