Cert: PG Runtime: 102 mins Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana and Josh Gad
The cold never bothered me anyway
It’s been a busy festive season and I have been meaning to see Frozen for some time, with Globe, Bafta and now Oscar nominations Frozen is a real contender with The Wind Rises. For me when I heard Robert Lopez created the lyrics for Disney’s latest adventure I had to join in. Lopez has composed two of the best musicals in the last ten years which are Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. So what is Frozen? Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna’s sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.
Frozen is the latest successful animated musical entry from Disney after Tangled. The story is heartwarming, emotionally engaging, unpretentious and enjoyable to watch at the same time. It also provides a good plot twist before the climax. Much like Tangled, Disney managed to return to its old roots by recapturing the long lost Disney classic magic that enthralled the hearts of young and old.The story’s main focus is on sisterhood love compared to romantic ones in the past. However, it does redefine the meaning of true love and provides a clear moral message to the current younger generation: know the person you fall in love with, not just based on looks and appearances.The animation is top notch and stunning to watch. The soundtrack for the film is fantastic: the lovely songs “Let It Go”, “For the first time in forever”, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, “Love is an Open Door”…are all good in its own right. You will be humming along to these songs for weeks.Both princesses in the film are unique, independent, strong, brave young women which can serve good inspirations for many young girls out there.
Elsa is a very interesting character, it’s quite rare for Disney to create a female character who is both complex and sympathetic at the same time. The voice cast were absolutely brilliant Kristen Bell was a shock to me, I never knew she could sing before. Having Broadway actors like Idina Menzel and Josh Gad helped the quality of the film also. On the topic of Josh Gad, he really was hilarious as Olaf. I would like to have Olaf as my sidekick.Overall, this film is definitely a worthy entry to the long line of Disney’s greatest animated musical classics for the years to come. Finally, Disney returned to its former glory. Highly recommended to any family or Disney fans who loved the classics.Animated short film – “Get a horse”: Although it blends in the classic black and white look and modern 3D animation of Mickey Mouse but nothing spectacular or worth mentioning here compared to Pixar’s thoughtful animated shorts.