Movie Review: “Frozen” – Aims to Thaw Hearts

Written by Caitlin Cooper December 12, 2013

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“Frozen”, directed by Chris Buck and starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff, tells the tale of a kingdom haunted by a prophecy which has caused sisters Princess Anna and Queen Elsa to become estranged. After a stressful event, Elsa unleashes her icy magic which traps the land in a permanent winter.  Anna – together with Kristoff, whom she meets along the way – goes on a journey to find Elsa and break the spell so summer can return.

“Frozen” has done extremely well at the box office, likely due to high expectations created by films such as “Tangled”. However, this frosty adventure film doesn’t quite measure up to the extreme hype. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Disney animated film every now and then because I get a little nostalgic. I like that there are morals and wit, but this film is so intent on being a musical first and foremost that it lacks some of the charm it wants to have. There are moments – namely those in which Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) is featured – that are really great. They’re genuinely funny or moving but they’re sometimes interrupted by multiple songs. I should say, however, that Anna’s songs are great and Kristen Bell has a lovely singing voice.

“What are you so afraid of?”

I think that the best character dynamics in this film are between Anna and Kristoff, and Anna and Elsa. See a trend? Anna is definitely the most well-written and relatable character. She’s awkward, funny, loyal, and loving. She’s also an eternal optimist and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and those she loves.

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“The fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all.”

Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) is a also a great character. He’s funny and usually logical which makes him a good companion for Anna on the journey. The banter between them is great to watch which makes it one of my favourite aspects of the movie.

Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is lonely and scared, but she loves Anna so much. Yet, in a way, she’s the one with the metaphorical frozen heart because she cuts herself off from everyone. She just needs to learn, with the help of her sister, to accept herself and her powers.

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A major aspect of movies like this is the quality of the animation.  It’s extremely well done in that respect. The facial expressions are convincing and add to the story – whether comical or heartbreaking –, and the landscapes are beautiful. Disney certainly knows how to do the aesthetics of animated films very well.

“Some people are worth melting for.”

Overall, “Frozen” is an enjoyable film with wit and heart, but the abundance of songs sometimes interrupts the great dialogue between characters. The script and acting – particularly in terms of the character Anna as voiced by Kristen Bell – are engaging. If you’re looking for a cute, musically-centered animated film to watch, this is a good option.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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