Top positive review
7 March 2018
Frozen is supposedly based on Han Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen", however little of the finished film seems to be related to this story. This isn't really a criticism--I am just trying to clarify the premise of the movie.
The story is basically about two sisters--one who eventually becomes queen and one who is her younger sister, a princess. However, the Queen, Elsa (Idina Menzel), has a huge problem that is never really explained in the film and that is she has magical powers to make things freeze as well as to create snow. While this seems great, it's also a dangerous power and one she cannot fully control and she could accidentally kill someone. On the day of her coronation her powers are exposed--and she disappears into the mountains to live life apart from others.
The younger sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), decides to go after her sister, to reason with her, to bring her back to her kingdom which is suffering an eternal winter, so she abandons her kingdom and gives control of it to an almost complete stranger! Along the way she meets a guy who is to become an obvious love interest and together they seek out Elsa and try to bring her back to the kingdom to end the perpetual winter!
The film is glorious to watch. The CGI is absolutely lovely as are the character designs. However, it's a film that looks great but whose story is less than stellar. Part of it is because the characters sometimes do inexplicable things (mentioned above), part of it is because parts of the plot are missing (such as explaining how everyone LOVED the interim leader yet hated him later--after he'd actually done a good job in regard to the people as well as why everyone suddenly hated the guy from Weaselton) and part of it is because there were too many distractions when the main thrust SHOULD have been the relationship between the sisters (the reindeer and guys got in the way!) Still, it is worth seeing, especially if you don't spend too much time thinking through the plot. Plus, many might enjoy the more Broadway style of the music, as Idina Menzel really pours it on when she sings (as do the rest, though she clearly overshadows them with her magnificent singing).
Frozen is overall a lovely, enjoyable cartoon and it's just that a lovely, enjoyable fairytale! One that mummy’s and daddy’s can feel happy watching along with their children. Highly recommended