Frozen, the title of this animated film, stars Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). Elsa is the one with the ability to freeze, shoot snow & ice, and create winter-like creatures because for an unknown reason she is magical. Her sister Anna is not.
When they were children, Anna was gravely injured. Their parents were able to save her and wipe her memory of the incident. Elsa avoided Anna, shut her out her life.
As the king and queen died, Elsa was set to be crowned queen. This gave Anna the chance to leave the castle and interact with people for the first time in forever. In her song and dance she runs into Hans (Santino Fontana) a charming prince that she believes is her true love. Anna confronts her sister about this leading to Elsa’s magic getting exposed and turning the entire land into an endless winter.
Elsa flees the castle and hides in the mountains. Anna embarks on a mission to save her and ends up meeting an ice seller named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) who is the complete opposite of the love of her life, but the two set their differences quickly in order to survive the cold and wildlife.
Frozen is a movie that has the structure of a classic Disney flick except with different twists. Elsa telling Anna that she is out of her mind for wanting to marry a guy she just met feels like the writers taking a shot at all those ‘love at first sight’ moments. Despite Elsa’s isolated and destructive powers her character is never turned to evil unlike in tradition Disney fashion that would see her turn into a wicked witch of sorts. It’s ok to always be alone.
Lots of big musical numbers, “First Time in Forever” and “Let It Go” are two of the big standouts. Music helps tell a lot of the story in the early going. Funny at times, but not overly.
One of Disney’s best releases of 2013, a great family get-together for the holiday season and for fans of the old-school Disney stories.
Directed & written by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck
Run time of 108 minutes
In theatres today