CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for Frozen.
Now in theaters across Hampton Roads.
Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen”, FROZEN is Disney’s latest animated offering. It stars the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzell as two princesses trapped in a frozen land of their own making.
Elsa (Menzell) is the older of the sisters with a serious secret — she is touched and tortured with the ability to turn everything she touches to ice. This creates a world of isolation for her as she doesn’t want to hurt anyone especially not someone she loves.
Anna is the younger sister who knows nothing of the secret. She has faint memories of playing with a snowman named Olaf as a child, but doesn’t remember anything of her sister’s freeze-making abilities that she once fell victim to.
When it is time for the Elsa’s big party, her secret is exposed when Anna pushes her too far. Unfortunately the damage is done… the entire land is frozen over.
Elsa retreats deep into the woods and Anna sets out to find her and defrost everything, making a few allies along the way. Olaf accompanies Anna in the search and provides the comic relief and storyline that really picks up the pace of the film.
FROZEN is fairly smartly written, even though it seems to be at odds with itself at times. On the one hand, it strives to make independent women of the lead princesses, but on the other, it still tries to make them stay true to the Disney formula of falling in love, needing a man for help, etc.
If there’s only one great thing about this film — it’s that it is just beautiful. I found myself staring at the color and beauty of some scenes so intently that I almost lost the dialogue. There are some beautiful 3D moments — that, in my opinion, coupled with the beautiful art design, make it worth the extra bucks to see it in 3D.
If there are two great things about this film — the second would have to be the music. Some may find the musical numbers hokey, but I absolutely loved them! And add to that the fact that Idina Menzell (original Broadway cast of Rent and Elfaba in Broadway’s Wicked!) is singing as Elsa — and the beautiful voice (who knew?) of Kristen Bell as Anna… well… you will find your kids singing these tunes long after the credits are done.
Yay for Disney finally giving us something that could quite easily become a classic! The ending is nothing like a formula ending and for that reason, and the others I’ve mentioned here.. FROZEN is quite easy to warm up to this winter.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.