Frozen Review

Every once in a while, I see a movie trailer and don’t really think much of it, but, when I actually see the movie, I’m blown away by how good it is (as was the case with Super 8).  After I walk out of the theater, I realize that the trailers and previews that I saw didn’t even come close to doing the movie justice.  That’s what happened to me with Frozen; I went into the theater not sure what to expect and left with the same kind of feeling I had after watching such movies as Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and The Lion King.  To borrow the words of Dean Hardscrabble from Monsters University “Frozen did something that no movie has done this year: it surprised me.”

Disney has established itself (particularly with its more recent animated movies) as being able to excel when it comes to characters and the Frozen is no exception.  Anna and Elsa (the two female leads) are what I consider to be two of the most human protagonists that Disney has introduced.  What I mean by that is neither of them are flawless (or at least nearly so) like some Disney characters of the past (I’m looking at you, Aurora); they have flaws and problems that they have to deal with, just like we do in real life.  And the way that they each handle their respective problems seem like the way a real person would act.  Both Anna and Elsa feel like they could exist in real life (minus Elsa’s snow powers, of course), like you could meet them in your everyday life.  They may be princesses by title, but that by no means makes them unrelatable.  On top of that, the three major supporting characters (Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven) do much to add to the movie.  Olaf in particular offers plenty of comic relief to balance out the more emotional moments in Frozen.  However, he does so without compromising the seriousness of any situation; when given the choice between humor and emotion, Frozen always goes with emotion.

One notable change from past Disney movies that Frozen makes is the fact that there really isn’t an ever-present villain (I know some may argue that there are two villains, but they were never as important to the story as, say, Jafar or Maleficent).  Instead, the story focuses on Anna’s quest to save her sister, which lands itself toward telling a more relatable story.  Not only that, but it shows that Disney doesn’t have to rely on   Fans of some of Disney’s past villains hoping for a new one may be disappointed, but I think that if there had been a villain like Jafar in Frozen, it would have ruined the experience.  The movie was meant to be about Anna and Elsa overcoming their problems and growing as individuals and as sisters.  Adding a villain would have just over-complicated things.  Since Frozen is a Disney movie, I have to talk about the musical numbers, and, let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint.  Frozen has some of the best songs of any recent Disney movie, with the standouts being Let It Go and In Summer, and I would even the soundtrack up there with classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Disney has hit the jackpot yet again with Frozen.  They have found a way of taking the “Disney princess” movies and translating them to modern times with Tangled, and Frozen is a continuation of that success.  If this new round of animated movies is a sign of things to come, then the future sure looks bright for Disney Animation.  Frozen is without a doubt the best animation of 2013 and will certainly be a contender to be my favorite movie of the year.  It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, everyone should be able to enjoy Frozen, especially if you’re as big a Disney fan as I am.  Having grown up watching classic Disney movies, it gives me great pleasure to be able to wholeheartedly recommend Frozen and to say without hesitation that Disney just might have another classic on their hands.

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