July 23

The Disney Frozen Review

Disney FrozenDisney’s Frozen, like most Disney films¸ originates loosely based on an old tale known as The Snow Queen, there is however a major difference between the main character of  The Snow Queen and Frozen. Elsa, the princess turned queen of Frozen, cannot control her powers. This is shown early in the film when young Elsa (Eva Bella) almost loses control and kills her younger sister, Anna (Livvy Stubenrauch). Their parents, desperate to save their daughter, take her to the trolls where it is reviled that Elsa learns that she is extremely dangerous and can hurt others. Elsa and her parents seem to agree to lock her away until she can control her ice powers, and things get worse when Elsa’s parents die in ship wreck at sea.

The audience is then brought into the present on an important day, Elsa’s coronation day as queen. Anna (Kristen Bell) is excited for two reasons: to see her sister in the first time in forever and also because the castle is reopened to the public. We see Anna run through the town of Arendelle where she runs into Prince Hans from the Southern Isles and, like most Disney films, they fall in love and get engaged. After Elsa’s coronation, Anna introduces Elsa (Idina Menzel) to Hans (Santino Fontana) and asks for her sister’s blessing. Elsa, however, denies the couple her blessing which spurs into a fight between the siblings where Elsa loses control of her powers and reveals them to the whole down. Elsa flees the town of Arendelle incase in an eternal winter.

Frozen works in a world of grey, instead of black and white. Unlike where most villains are easily identified, that is not the case with this film. People hide their true intentions or mistakes happen, as in the case of Elsa, and they are perceived as villains.

The soundtrack and script of the film work together in a natural pace and never get tiring. These two aspects work beautifully to create both emotional and hilarious scenes on screen, such as Olaf’s (voiced by Josh Gad) song, “In Summer”, where Olaf speculates what summer must feel life and how he wishes it be summer.

The animation of the film is superb in its continuation of the idea of the fairy tale, from beautiful icy castles to where snowmen dream of summer. This is one of Disney’s greatest movies in all time.