Movie Review: Frozen
Frozen is a movie that warms your heart, and manages to stray slightly from the typical princess movie mold. Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Disney’s Frozen tells the story of fearless and spunky princess Anna. Anna embarks on a journey to find her sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and save their kingdom, which has been accidentally trapped in eternal winter by none other than Elsa herself. As usual, Disney delivered with amazing graphics and animations, with the movie’s exquisite ice castles and lively dance numbers. The soundtrack was undeniably great, which makes sense as the lead role is voiced by Broadway queen Idina Menzel.
Disney also did center the movie on unrealistically beautiful, European, doe-eyed princess figures. However, significantly better executed than in its attempt-at-feminism counterpart movie Brave, Frozen features two very independent, strong female leads who do not need saving from the symbolic Prince Charming, but ultimately rely on family love instead. Frozen also debunked the outdated concept of love at first sight. Hans, Anna’s first male encounter, whom she decided she loved based on a mutual passion for sandwiches and was subsequently engaged to the same day, turned out to be a useless gold digger. And yes, besides Hans, the younger princess did have a love interest in the form of a rugged mountaineer, Kristoff, but his actual contribution to the plot could be boiled down to a simple means of transportation.
I also applaud Frozen for exploring the physiological effects of emotional suppression. This movie does not have an iconic evil antagonist (besides the pathetic excuse of a self-proclaimed villain otherwise known as Hans, who tries to take over the kingdom, but like Kristoff, has barely any actual effect on the movie plot). The real hindrance was that Elsa has been taught from a young age to conceal her emotions in order to prevent her powers from over-developing, but that in actuality only instills a constant fear that her ice powers are harmful. However, once her younger sister teaches her to tap into her heart and free all the pent-up emotion, everyone is saved.
The movie was also made infinitely better with Olaf, the animated and lovingly innocent snowman who sings about Summer without knowing that this true love he carols to could actually make him melt into a sad, little puddle.
The biggest flaw in Frozen, and honestly with most other princess films, was the abrupt resolution to all of the problems. Each problem and event in the one and a half hour film keeps accumulating and accumulating, finally culminating into this one moment, and suddenly everything is okay the next second. It is sweet and makes the eight-year-old next to you smile gleefully, but will leave the adult audience stunned at the complete turn of events just minutes before the movie ends.
Movie grade: B+/A-