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Review: “Frozen”

Review: “Frozen”

Review: “Frozen”
November 27
16:36 2013

Cole Clay / Intern Writer

Rating: 4/5

Disney is inching back to gaining as much clout as it had during its “Renaissance” that ran from 1989 to 1999. The animation giants were cranking out contemporary classics such as “The Little Mermaid” (1989), “Aladdin” (1992) and the grand-daddy of them all, “The Lion King” (1994).

However, Disney has faltered a tad with releases like “Chicken Little” and “Bolt,” which came out in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Its latest attempt to recreate the magic of the “Golden Age” is titled “Frozen” and it is adorable enough to melt even the iciest of hearts.

“Frozen” features two strong female leads who are royal sisters. Elsa (Idina Menzel “Rent” 2005) who completely shuts out her spunky little sister Anna (Kristen Bell “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” 2008) after she accidentally zaps the youngster with her icy sorcery during playtime in the corridors of their castle. Anna longs for Elsa’s affection after tragedy strikes the family, but she shuts her out for fear of causing her further harm. The idea of the locked up princess is expanded on here. Typically the wide-eyed beauties are imprisoned by an evil queen, but in this wintery wonderland the two sisters are locked up by their own decisions in order to protect their once sacred bond.

The only thing holding this film back from joining the cannon of animated classics is the princess’s quest of finding “true love.” Although this is handled well it still is an unfortunate fault to the film, and quite honestly the only one.

It wouldn’t be a Disney movie without spontaneous singing and dancing. It comes at no surprise that Menzel is impressive yet again, with her singing abilities. Her presence is the sure fire way to give a song that little bit of extra spice to take the track to the next level of excellence. And Bell impresses as well, she captivates an innocence with her voice that embodies the young Anna. The songs aren’t quite as memorable upon first viewing, but there are some catchy tunes like “Do You Want To Build A Snowman,”  “In Summer” and “For The First Time In Forever” are bound to resonate with audiences

An idealistic snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad, “Jobs”) appears about half-way through the film and once he makes his grand entrance, singing the aforementioned song “In Summer”, about his fascination for summer time. Gad provides most of the laughs in this movie with his earnest performance as the not so abominable snowman. He is more than just a goofy face to laugh at, he acts as the trusty sidekick in the film helping Anna emotionally as well as in dire situations. It would be a privilege to let this little carrot-nosed fella come home with you and stick him in your icebox.

Directors Chris Buck (“Tarzan” 1999) and newcomer Jennifer Lee developed literally the most adorable, darling, endearing, lovely animated film to be released theatrically since 2009’s “Up.”  Adults will be engaged with the characters just as much as their half-pint counterparts. This is directly attributed to the cast of supporting characters and visuals which adds so much flavor and life to the magical world of Arrendelle.

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