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Fingersmith
Fingersmith
Price: £4.27

3.0 out of 5 stars Sue Trinder is a great little character, 24 Jan. 2015
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There is an old writing adage that goes something along the lines of: 'Write your story about your best character'. Which is advice it would seem that Sarah Waters chose to ignore while writing The Fingersmith.

The story is set in the mid-nineteenth century amid a time and characters cleverly invokative of Oliver Twist. The Fingersmith of the title is Sue Trinder who has been raised a thief by thieves. As she turns seventeen she becomes involved in a con with a crook called the Gentleman, an attempt to defraud an heiress from her fortune.

Through the first 20% on my kindle I thrilled at the story and Sue's POV. What a great little character and enigmatic narrative.

Then Sarah Waters removes Sue from the story and even though it is clear she will be back, every page she is absent is an increasing drudge. I mean a real drudge considering this is 560 pages in paperback.

With Sue out of the way 70% of the book is focused on Maud, a character we are deliberately set-up to dislike. The plot while very clever taken as a whole gets bogged down by Waters's determination to stick with Maud. Sue Trinder does make her re-appearance but it is far, far too late and rushed. I only kept reading to know what happened, which is an irony in itself because every major plot point is telegraphed from a long way out.

Which leads to my second major gripe about this story and the lack of any twist or surpise. And I mean anything remotely shcoking or twist like. This is a clever plot, really clever but the determination to avoid any surprises for the reader seriously dilutes the quality. Nothing slaps us around the face, makes us go Wow, because we are told it will happen long before it does.

My third gripe is the much vaunted lesbian aspect of the book's legacy. In reality there is one scene that you will miss if you blink about 15% through the story. There are a few paragraphs in a 560 page book that result in a couple of ruffled nightdresses and a lovebite carefully mentioned after the fact. Other than that there is nothing in the book to warrant the 'lesbian' love story save for the fact Sarah Waters also wrote Tipping the Velvet.

If you want an accurate appraisal of what this book's about it's a story about two girls who share one very brief magical night together while intent on double crossing each other.

It is a shame, because I loved the wonderful conniving Sue through the opening section of the story. You get a sense Sarah Waters is an incredibly talented writer but can't help wonder if the book she had in mind to write was the one that was eventually published. This could have been so much more if it was written for an audience thirty years younger, if the best bits were not all telegraphed and smoothed over, if the best character wasn't missing for almost the entire book, if endless pages had not been devoted to the least interesting character.


Inateck Wireless Presenter Multifunction PPT Pointer, Cordless Presenter Presentation Device, Wireless Multimedia PowerPoint Remote Control Clicker | Adjustable Reminder with Vibration Mode | LCD Display of Battery Status and Operation | Distance Up to 66ft | Black
Inateck Wireless Presenter Multifunction PPT Pointer, Cordless Presenter Presentation Device, Wireless Multimedia PowerPoint Remote Control Clicker | Adjustable Reminder with Vibration Mode | LCD Display of Battery Status and Operation | Distance Up to 66ft | Black
Offered by Inateck
Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some really useful additions, 19 Jan. 2015
I got this pointer as a backup for my everyday presentation bundle but also to sit in the bag of kit I sometimes take on the road with me. I frequently lose bits and pieces and as the backup it wouldn’t matter so much if that happened. Two months down the line my old presenter is in the backup bag and this is my everyday device.

The WP1001 presenter is slightly bigger in hand but that’s because it does quite a lot more. Apart from the laser for pointing and LED indicator so you know it’s on there is a small and very useful LCD. You can set a timer or just show time taken, which is my preference as it’s less to worry about. Additionally you can see battery status on the LCD too. These are such useful features.

In addition to my normal presenter’s page up and down buttons for moving between slides there is a full screen option, once again so useful. Press the button inside a slideshow and PowerPoint will automatically show notes on my laptop and the presentation on the projector. This is the first time I’ve seen this function now rely on it all the time.

Of course the presenter needs a USB receiver to be plugged into the laptop. This is stowed in the device. It isn’t spring loaded but fits very firmly and is not difficult to remove.

I’ve never really thought a presenter might have these features but now I have this one I always choose it over my other devices. It’s just so intuitive and the full-screen, LCD timer and battery status make life so much easier.

Highly recommended.


The Equalizer [Blu-ray] [2014]
The Equalizer [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Price: £9.00

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for the first 30 minutes, 11 Oct. 2014
Robert McCall is an ex deep cover CIA fixer. Now living under an assumed name the reclusive and obsessive McCall lives a quiet life, keeping his demons well hidden while working at his local DIY store. When his insomnia brings him and ChloŽ Moretz's under age hooker together, he is forced for the first time in a long time to share something of himself. When she is beaten and almost killed by her Russian pimp McCall's demons won't stay suppressed any longer. McCall's vengeance though has been misplaced as ChloŽ's pimp was a Russian kingpin. In return the Russians send their top ex-KGB fixer to erase McCall.

The story for the first 30 minutes expertly characterises the obsessive compulsive McCall in his day to day, through to the fist clenching, white knuckle ride that is his retribution for the kingpin's beating of the young hooker.

This section builds like a boiling kettle unable to shut-off. A rattling tension that bubbles over when McCall eventually faces the kingpin. But already in this scene in a room of henchmen we are seeing some of the issues that manifest and grow through the rest of the movie. Denzil's McCall just knocks on the door of the kingpins inner-sanctum with no explanation at all for how he got through the outer security. He just knocks on the door and in he goes. What follows though, the taking out of the henchmen is of the highest quality.

Having unleashed the Equaliser, Denzil's McCall character then oddly embarks on a horribly saccharine do-gooding soirée while the story pauses to introduce the Russian fixer as he gradually closes in on McCall.

Their paths merge and despite great characterisation from both actors the script and editing increasingly fail everyone. So much is assumed that McCall's ability to suddenly appear in the middle of drug dens and money laundering factories, inside heavily protected houses, dockside ships and fuel refineries is the kind of thing you'd expect from Batman not a fifty year old OCD ex-cia hitman with an admittedly superb eye for the quick take-down. In the finale McCall somehow uses nothing but DIY products to protect everything dear to him, rigging traps and laying in wait, a patient shadow between the compost and hedge cutters.

Come the end Denzil has entertained, we have those glorious first 30 minutes to look forward to on Instant or Netflix, but overall it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. The aspirations of the production are there for all to see, something fresh and stylish, a violent world without the need to constantly show the violence, but budget, the edit and script seem to have failed everyone badly. Especially as it's very hard for anyone to be original about Russian bad guys with half a decade of cold war thrillers already behind us. Equaliser tries but ends like the recent Jack Ryan re-launch in cliche hell. In fact it ends worse.

Denzil as McCall is always watchable and lopes through this with a reassuringly mesmerising presence. You believe McCall might be hiding away in a everyday American suburb and really probably is. Likewise his nemesis played by Martin Csokas, the supremely intelligent psychotic ex-soldier running around at the whim of his oligarch boss, feels human. You can barely take your eyes off either. Sadly he and Denzil rise and often imbue scenes with a greater meaning than the story or the scene in-context warrant.

As a thriller the first thirty minutes are hard to beat. You know what's coming and the slow unwrapping of Denzil's character really sets the pulse going. But once we get into the fun and games of the story there is little to concern ourselves with because we have seen bad-guy Russians so often before. This offers nothing original and often leans excessively on the cliche. The saccharine do-gooding section as Denzil Equalises a couple of rogue cops is really disappointing, inserted to keep Denzil in the story while Marton Csokas tracks him down. Throughout the last two acts the thriller/action premise is repeatedly sidestepped, as countless scenes offering the promise of tension and action are skipped, usually straight to McCall barely having broken sweat holding a gun to the bad guys. It gets increasingly unbelievable and unlikely the longer it goes on. I had my head in my hands when the big bearded, shade wearing bad guy declares to Csokas, 'We'll get this guy boss.' before heading out to the toilet. Cue Denzil appearing seconds later with the guy's broken, blood covered shades.

Believability isn't a mainstay of this movie. We are watching entertainment fiction after-all, so why get a little wound-up by Denzil randomly ghosting into various locations with no mind for security, guns or steroid induced bad-guy muscle. Well, Batman pulls this stuff off because he's Batman. The quality of the Equaliser for me is his fallibility. The guy is fifty, doesn't move fast and relies on reflexes and his wits. Apart from one brief moment towards the end, Denzil's McCall easily lopes from scene to scene without being troubled by any heavily tattoed, moustache wearing, thickly accented, machine gun totting bad guys, at all.

And while I'm at it, that closing scene, when you know who tracks McCall down because he's still living in the same house as he was before all that vodka hit the fan. Really? Having pissed off half of Russia, he's a deep cover expert but still in the same house as he was before? The same house they tracked him to in about four minutes an hour earlier?

I love Antoine Fuqua as a director and many of his movies, going back to the supreme Tears of the Sun, the underrated King Arthur and the excellent Mark Wahlberg fronted Shooter. For me though the Equaliser is a big miss. It strives for a beat and style the script can't deliver. If Fuqua had kept to it we would at least have seen the balls to the wall action fest the trailer indicated we'd be getting. The Equaliser ends up missing the action mark and falling short of the high concept thriller it aspires to be, outside of those first thirty minutes.

The production look and feel is full on Hollywood but the longer the show goes on we get a sense this was low budget. It turns out $50 million, which is practically nothing in modern parlance. I'd say they blew a good portion of that in one senseless explosion at the end, that had me looking for Michael Bay in the producer credits.

Of the performances there are many excellent but brief appearances, standout were Halley Bennet as the femme fatale, David Meunier as Slavi the kingpin with a love of beating ChloŽ Moretz's young hooker, all the way to Vladimir Kulich as the all powerful Oligarch at the very end. That said there was some thoroughly unimaginative casting direct from Russian thugs are us and bent cops are us.

Denzil Washington has a quality that draws you to watch him closer the less he does on screen. He does a brilliant job of creating an obsessive ex-cia killer at the beginning, scared to let the demons out, knowing where they will take him if he does. Sadly when he does let them loose, all opportunities to wallow in the madness are only hinted at and repeatedly avoided either by directed or edited intent.

ChloŽ Moretz's young hooker invokes the essence of Jodie Foster from Taxi but isn't given reign to enchant us as Foster did or Moretz did in Kick-Ass. The friendship between Moretz's underage hooker and Denzil's McCall feels natural with her layered innocence wearing down the reclusive McCall. They do just enough for us to believe he would put everything on the line for her. Strangely though, despite the fact Moretz is only seventeen in the real world the production goes to some lengths to make her look older. A younger girl forced to openly ply her trade in the face of American law enforcement would have really made McCall's quest mean something.

I first saw Marton Csokas in the Vin Diesel popcorn spy thriller: xXx. He stole the show in that for me. He has popped up here and there since and always chews up the screen when he does, just as he does here. Csokas is a thoroughly enigmatic presence and like Denzil is entertaining despite the movie they find themselves in descending to Russian mobster cliche. Comparisons between Csokas's Russian bad guy and Kenneth Brannagh's Russian bad guy in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit favour Csokas by some margin.

Summary
The Equaliser is worth watching, renting, borrowing, for the first thirty minutes alone. If you can't get enough of heavily tattoed, machine gun wielding Russian mafia hitmen being taken out (off-screen) by an ex-cia contract killer, then you will probably love the rest too.

I hope this was helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wireless Touch and keyboard for Droid boxes via USB, 10 Oct. 2014
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I recently bought an Android TV Box media player and quickly found the remote was a painful device for controlling the cursor or entering any kind of text. I got the Solememo TP801 device on recommendation and while there is one small caveat, it has proved a great buy that will continue to get a lot of use.

When I first started hunting for a Droid controller the range of TP801 devices seemed a good balance between portability and usability, especially for use with Droid boxes. The Solememo TP801 was mix of good reviews and price. It arrived a day after I dropped it into my basket and clicked buy.

Out of the box the Solememo TP801 is the size of a standard touch smartphone. The keyboard and touch area are glazed and take most of the surface of the device. On the left there is a vertical plastic strip containing two small mouse buttons, a four way directional controller for gaming, a toggle to switch between touch and keyboard and a series of led lights to indicate status.

Built into the back is a casing for the USB dongle. The casing for the small dongle is an excellent touch well designed, which greatly reduces the chances of losing it, especially if you're using the TP801 with a range of devices.

On the left side of the unit is an on/off slider and volume rocker, and the right side the micro USB port for charging the internal lithium battery.

The Solememo came charged and was useable out of the box although I gave it a booster charge anyway. I've been using it now for over a month and haven't charged it since. I'm not using it all the time but a few times during the week while I catch-up on the NFL via Gamepass, Netflix and play a few games while relaxing.

Mostly I'm using the touch features of the device but it's very useful to toggle to the keyboard when entering login information to youtube, playstore and Netflix etc.

Now here's the caveat: entering normal characters from the keyboard is like any touch phone, you need to pay attention to the keys you're pressing or you will end up with rubbish on the the screen. You will sometimes need to access the extended characters, which is a simple button press but these characters are printed small and in a dull brown, which means it's almost impossible to see them even in bright light. As I'm usually watching TV or playing games in a low lit room I found I constantly needed to get up and turn on the light to work out where characters like the asterisk were. Then go back, finish with the keyboard entry and then turn the light off - repeat too frequently.

The Solememo TP801 can be used with Windows and it works fine but I cannot imagine any time I would actually use it. You could use it with a Windows Surface but only I imagine for basic gaming using the directional controller. You are not going to use this to do any kind of typing outside of basic login entry.

If you have a Droid box of any description then this is a great way to take control of the device. The Solememo TP801 is easy in the hand, has great battery life and provides both keyboard and touch functionality. If only they had printed the extra characters bigger and in brighter colours this might have made it to five stars.

A recommended buy.

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Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £9.99

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly original, twisting, spectacular fun., 1 Aug. 2014
The appeal of Guardians, that led me to the cinema, was originality. It wasn't a sequel or spin-off although it was a Marvel comic-book adaptation. Marvel have a pretty good track record in that regard and I wasn't disappointed.

Peter Quill aka Starlord was kidnapped from earth in the 1980s, the day his mother died from cancer. Brought up amongst galaxy roaming bounty hunters he is a criminal with a conscience. Tasked with finding a mysterious orb he discovers a secret ancient power. Thrown together with a small band of rogues and misfits Starlord fights to stop this power being used against innocents in the Galaxy.

Guardians is superbly entertaining, one of the best movies I've watched at the cinema for a long time. It is visually stunning, underpinned by superb characterisation and plot turns that never let you rest. The whole audience burst out laughing and spontaneous applause rippled through the cinema on several occasions - unheard of in the UK. Much of its appeal is its many, subtle and not so subtle references to the greatest movie legacies of the last twenty years: Browncoats will find here more heroes. Guardians is brilliant entertainment for its many layers with a nice emotional arc come the end.

There were a couple of small issues. First off the overarching story is thin: the super powerful orb is going to be used to kill innocents unless it can be stopped. Unless you're a purist this isn't going to matter at all because everything going on is so enigmatic, especially the characters and their dynamics, we are there for the ride. Likewise Lee Pace gives the bad guy a wonderful Shakespearian gravitas but he is only the driven bad guy with no shades either way.

What did really annoy me, despite a wonderful overall soundtrack was the monotoned dum dum dum dum audio track played to various speeds during action sequences, of which there are many. It was uniform, totally bland, a contrast to everything else in the movie and so formula and single toned it took me out of the moment every time. The friend I went to the cinema with only agreed on that point in hindsight, it registered but not enough to affect the fun he was having.

Guardians is original, visually stunning, full of creative twists and turns, and full of wonderful characters. A movie well worth seeing at the cinema. I can only imagine it will get better the larger the screen.

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Hercules [DVD]
Hercules [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dwayne Johnson
Price: £5.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment with something to say about the sons of gods., 28 July 2014
This review is from: Hercules [DVD] (DVD)
If this had been headlined by anyone other than Dwayne Johnson then I'm not sure I'd have turned up at the cinema. Even then it was a bit touch and go. What could this sword and sandals flick offer that wasn't already covered by many others the last fifteen years? It turns out Hercules is pretty unique in its attempt to say something important about the world we live in, layered beneath the many coloured imagination of director Brett Ratner and the needs of a PG12 rating.

Hercules is one of the great legends of ancient Greece, the half human son of Zeus. The slayer of mighty beasts and a single man able to face down whole armies. Or so the legend says.

It has been three years since Hercules was banished from Athens for the alleged murder of his wife and children. He now roams the lands around the Aegean sea, a mercenary for hire, along with his small band of loyal soldiers. When a beautiful princess asks Hercules to save her father's once proud kingdom from marauding centaurs, he turns her down. Her offer of payment in gold to Hercules weight, is too good to refuse. As Hercules trains the rag tag army of this beleaguered nation and leads them to battle, he and his men realise not all is it what it seems. When Hercules's past turns around and confronts him face on he has to face the reality of his own legend.

Despite an often flat first half carried on the very broad shoulders of our man Dwayne, we realise at the mid-point a quite interesting premise has been played and the second half is quite something. Dwayne is always charismatic if not possessed of the ease Rufus Sewell and Ian McShane have in front of camera, both of which almost steal the show. Hercules small band of warriors work well together although Ian McShane in particular has all the best lines and moments, memorably towards the end.

Ultimately this is very watchable, a good way to spend a few hours on a Friday night. It has a very worthwhile message, is underpinned by great actors and is clever, at least in the second half. But there is something missing. This is a PG12, which means for all the violence, of which there is a lot, there is nothing to ground it as real violence. Hercules has heart but it's a long way short of Conan (1982) and a league apart from Gladiator (2000). By giving it such an unrealistic context, violence without reality, to achieve a younger audience it detracts from the core message, so painstakingly woven through the story.

Hercules is good entertainment with something important to say if you're willing to overlook a few shortcomings, mostly around catering for a younger audience.

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Boy In The Tower
Boy In The Tower
Price: £4.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read viewed through a purple coloured lens, 18 July 2014
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I always think it's worth keeping an eye on Darley Anderson to see what they're upto. Their latest newsletter had lots of photos of people squeezed into a little shop full of yellow books and big purple flowers. The occasion was the launch of Polly Ho-Yen's The Boy in the Tower. Unusually for a book just launched it was reasonably priced on Amazon, the biggest factor in me buying it. It was downloaded to my Kindle Wednesday night having no idea what it was about, outside of the title. I finished it Thursday night. It isn't a long book but it's wonderfully original with an engaging narrative written entirely from the perspective of a young boy, as he first contends with his sick mother and then giant purple plants that come with the rains and feed on the bricks and concrete London is built upon.

Probably the aspect of this story I loved the most was the thought of the man made constructs of London being eaten by these giant purple flowers and leaving in their wake teemng green nature. There is a part of me, as I suspect will be the case for a good many, that thinks this might not be a bad thing. But for all the cynicism of this reader it is on the narrow shoulders of Ade this book excels as we see innocence face an unfathomable terror and then just get on with life.

The story does stretch thin in places but Ade's narrative holds our attention. The mother is under served, used as a device to keep Ade in the tower, and there are some not so deft slight of hands to cover up the lack of any search and rescue or attempt to signal to the wider world people have survived in the tower. Obi had matches goddamit.

These might not be so obvious to the younger reader. Regardless of age this is a great read that shows us a little of what nature might one day do to us and at the same time the innocence of humanity we should work so hard to protect.

A book for all ages viewed through a purple coloured lens. Highly recommended


Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity Tracker - Slate
Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity Tracker - Slate
Offered by Red-Rock-UK
Price: £59.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't think how I would improve this, 19 April 2014
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In the past I have enjoyed the fun challenges counting your steps can add to daily exercise but always struggled with step counters that kept coming off my belt or had buttons that constantly drained the battery while in my pocket. I wasn't looking for a GPS and step counter watch but was looking for something I could wear in the everyday. Here is why I chose Vivofit over a number of wearable tech. products coming out this year:

I don't need email, calender or text alerts on my wrist. Vivofit only records your motion and transfers that data to your phone or any bluetooth device. It comes with a display, covered below.

The Vivofit does not need charging. It comes with a battery that will last about two years and is then easily replaced.

The Vivofit display is very basic but does show you your daily step goal and steps remaining, your calories burned and the current date & time. There is one additional button used to initiate bluetooth sync or to tell your watch you're going to sleep (and waking up)

The step counter is pretty accurate. There is no step calibration so it will not be nailed on accurate but the tech is very clever. Car and bike rides don't amass any step counts and I tend to find in a 1k walk (949 of my own steps) it would credit me with just over 1000 steps.

The Vivofit monitors your activity while you're asleep. You can tell it when you're about to sleep and when you wake, set in a default time for when you forget or edit the daily times on the website if you want. Having struggled with sleep all my life this has been fascinating. Somedays I seem to be more active during my sleep than I am awake!

The strength of the Vivofit is in the Garmin Connect website where you analyse all the uploaded data. If you also have a Garmin running watch these get thrown into the mix too. The amount of data you can extract is practically limitless. I love playing with the different reports and stats, love the fact you're automatically entered into step leagues, get awarded badges etc. It makes the whole experience great fun.

One final thing, the strap is not like a traditional watch. The bands click together and remain secure.

A great product that never needs charging for anyone looking for a fitness aid and not something that will check on your email and calender through the day. The website which is a free service really is the icing on the cake.

Highly recommended.

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LG 22MN43D-PZ 21.5 -inch LCD 1080 pixels 100 Hz TV
LG 22MN43D-PZ 21.5 -inch LCD 1080 pixels 100 Hz TV

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent TV only supplied with two pin euro plug, 19 April 2014
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I was looking for a traditional TV with Scart, component and HDMI inputs. Being a longstanding fan of LG this fitted the bill and was reasonably priced. I also picked it as it was listed as Prime eligible and sure enough it turned up the next day.

In all areas this TV does the job. The colours and picture definition are fine for casual use but do not stand up, as you would expect, against more expensive TVs. I have no problem with this. I did have a problem with the fact it was shipped with a two pin euro plug. This happens too often on Amazon, especially having ordered Prime next day delivery, living in the UK I should expect electronics to come with a three pin British plug. Nor is it acceptable to me that a connector plug is supplied to convert the euro plug, although in this case one wasn't. These are big and bulky and are cumbersome.

I contacted Amazon, they apologised and sent out a replacement TV that also only came with a two pin euro plug. As I wanted this TV I bit the bullet and was given a £14 discount so I could go buy an alternative plug.

Not sure how you get around this problem but it's a pain and took what was meant to be a next day fix for a TV need into a seven day saga.


Frozen
Frozen
Dvd

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, songs, colour and morals for child minds, 19 April 2014
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This review is from: Frozen (Amazon Instant Video)
Anyone checking the box-office rankings these last five months will have noticed Frozen lodged in the top grossing movies for that entire period. These last few weeks it moved into the top ten grossing movies of all time, in the process becoming the highest grossing animated film ever. That's pretty amazing given some of the contemporary competition. So when Frozen popped up as being available on Amazon Instant the other night, I paid my money and sat back.

Princess sisters Anna and Else are forced apart when a childhood accident and Anna's ability to create ice almost kills Elsa. As the two girls grow to young women their love for each other remains, until the day of Anna's coronation. Anna's powers are revealed to the population and once more puts her sister at risk. Anna flees, in the process plunging the nation into an eternal winter. The love in Elsa's heart is the only hope for the sisters and the nation.

Children watching Frozen aren't going to give a stuff about my musings on story, fabled legends or the gold dust that has put Frozen on equal standing with some of the highest grossing movies of all time. There is a cute snowman, wide eyed princesses, ravishing princess and cute but poor heroes. There's also a snow monster and a dependable side-kick reindeer for the poor hero. Frozen is colourful, full of surprisingly fun songs and a good story. Children will be entertained. It is not the children audience that have made Frozen an all-time great. It is the parents buying tickets. So why?

For my part I thought the strength of Frozen was in its Hans Christian Anderson roots, specifically The Snow Queen, which gives the story foundation that has endured through centuries of storytelling. The quality that I suspect had parents recommending Frozen outside school gates across the world, is its repeated use of core morals. Frozen is full of important morals and most of them are cleverly woven into key movie moments, which means I can't tell you about them.

Frozen then is a story grounded in enduring fables, full of fun, song and colourfully cute characters. It's quality though is in giving parents a reason to keep coming back and the hope of subliminally teaching their young children key life lessons while having great fun.

Expect Frozen to be found under Christmas trees this winter in HUGE numbers.

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