Why Frozen is Awesome

Full of Disney magic, humour and sentimentality

 

When I first tried to see this movie I couldn’t even get in; the showing was completely booked and the next one was selling out fast. So my impression immediately was ‘Oh my God, is this some Disney masterpiece?’ I tried again the next day and this time I was in luck, I got in. Well it may not be a masterpiece but it is well worth a watch for adults and children alike, though I think this one is leaning more towards the children, it lacks the adult humour of Pixar or Shrek.On my first attempt to see this movie I couldn’t even get in; the showing was completely booked and the next one was selling out fast, so my immediate impression was ‘Oh my God, is this some kind of Disney masterpiece?’ Fortunately, when I tried the next day, I was in luck.

Before I even start with Frozen I have to discuss the short film that preludes it, as it is an interesting idea and was clearly a huge hit with the kids. It opens with a very old animated sequence from Disney’s early days called Get a Horse, starring Mickey Mouse. As the scene progresses, a villain arrives and literally throws Mickey out of the screen into the 'real world', suddenly bursting into colour and finding himself on a stage looking at the screen showing the villain in black and white, with Minnie the damsel in distress. It is obviously made for the 3D screenings, and as the action progresses the scenes become wilder and things are popping out everywhere. The concept is a very clever one; it is a great way to show how Disney animation has progressed since its meagre beginnings, and a great way to get audiences in the mood for the feature film. Anyway, on to the main event!

Bell and Menzel have created two likeable sisters that the audience cannot help but love

Frozen is very (very) loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story, The Ice Queen, and by that, I mean that there is an Ice Queen in it; that's about all the similarities it shares, and Disney has created an elaborate yet, at the same time, simple story around this small nugget of an idea from the classic children’s book. Elsa, the Ice-Queen-to-be, has been born with a gift, but unfortunately she cannot control it. She is the doting big sister to Anna, who adores her in return, and has fun with the magic she can produce. But, after an accident in which Anna is harmed, the King and Queen decide that their eldest daughter should stay away from people - including her sister - and try to control her gift, and erase Anna's memory of her elder sisters magic.

As they grow, Anna continually tries to convince Elsa to spend time with her, but she remains locked away in her room. Tragedy strikes when their parents die in a shipwreck and the girls are left alone in the isolated castle closed to the outside world - that is, until Elsa’s coronation, in which the gates are opened and the people of the kingdom are welcomed for a ball. Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, is an excitable, extremely clumsy and down to earth character, and unlike many of the previous Disney Princesses, she does not seem the heroine type, and relies heavily on the help of others. This is a departure for Disney, and Bell herself stated that she wanted to make a more human and relate-able princess. Elsa is voiced to perfection by the amazing Idina Menzel, who brings all the stress, worries and emotions of the young Queen to life effortlessly.


Anna and Kristoff: an unlikely pair thrown into extraordinary circumstances 

At the coronation ball, Anna believes she has fallen in love with a Prince from another Kingdom, and recklessly agrees to marry him. Elsa refuses to give her blessing, and an argument breaks out in front of the guests. Elsa loses control and reveals her gift to everyone, who are naturally terrified by it, and she flees. This leads to the progression of the rest of the plot; Anna must journey to the North Mountain, where her sister has fled and taken up residence, in order to fix things between them and get her to thaw the Kingdom, which unbeknownst to her is in an eternal winter due to her outburst.

Anna meets Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), a young, solitary man with only his reindeer Sven for company, who reluctantly agrees to help Anna reach the mountain. Along the way, they meet Olaf, a snowman magically built and brought to life by Elsa. Voiced by the genius that is Josh Gad, the character has by far the biggest laughs in the film. With his and Kristoff’s help, Anna will attempt to save the Kingdom and her sister from those who, in their fear and greed, want to get rid of her. There is a surprise character twist in the latter half of the film that I am ashamed to say I did not see coming, but I was so engrossed, I believed everything shown to me - a sign, perhaps, that Disney are doing something right, and maybe their films are not as predictable as some might think.


Olaf the snowman: easily the best thing about Frozen

Another thing Disney has done right are the stunning songs and score in Frozen; the stand-out being “Let It Go” sang by Idina Menzel, who lives up to her tremendous reputation. Like any Disney film, there are some cringe-worthy moments, but for the majority of people - certainly those who have held onto their inner child - this is a wildly fun and humorous effort (I should probably note that the humour is more childlike, and the adult humour that we have perhaps come to expect from animated films is less prevalent here). Whilst I wouldn't call it a 'masterpiece', it is certainly well worth a watch for adults and children alike.

This has been Mary for The Awesome Update

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