Frozen

Frozen
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writer: Jennifer Lee, Hans Christian Andersen
Release date: 2013-12-06
Runtime: 102 mins
Cast
Kristen Bell
Idina Menzel
Jonathan Groff

This film needs no introduction. If your ears have finally stopped ringing from all of the choruses of ‘Let It Go’, then sit back and enjoy my review. Frozen has been a hit with not only little girls, but parents, teenagers, and every other possible generation and gender. There are numerous music videos posted online of rough and tough guys singing and dancing along, and its ride is still not over. I give this film four out of five stars because it is a good example of a modern-day Disney film, with catchy songs and a meaningful story.

Frozen tells the tale of two sisters separated by fear. After a magical accident caused by Elsa leaves the kingdom in eternal winter, it is up to her younger sister – Anna – to find her and make things right. Anna is joined in her journey by iceman Kristoff and his reindeer Sven; Olaf the talking snowman; and Hans, a Prince. But not everyone is who they appear to be. Will the two sisters reunite and live happily ever after, or are there other forces out there waiting to take them down?

At the start, we think this film is going to be just like all the other Disney films: pretty princesses, handsome and charming princes, and a comedic talking animal that both entertains and annoys. But, don’t just take my word for it, this film is so much more than that. This film was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen (which has actually had a few adaptations), but it has acclimatised perfectly with modern ideas of gender roles. Without giving too much away, Frozen focuses on ‘women power’, and messes with the generic stereotypes.

It is a hard thing to act so believably, creating both character and emotion able to transmit through a cinema screen; to do so through only your voice would be astronomically harder. As with – probably all – Disney films, not only did the actors and actresses need to bring their characters to life, but there was the phenominal musical aspect. I still regard the earlier Disney films (Aladdin, Pocahontas, etc.) as the penultimate musical animated children’s films, but Frozen does a good job of carrying the torch.

While Frozen is, essentially, just an animated children’s film, it still has an impact on society. I applaud it for using its position of influence to speak of gender equality and breaking stereotypes.

It has surprised me to no end just how popular this film is. If you get past the mania of ‘Let It Go’, you are sure to thoroughly enjoy this film.

If it wasn’t for Tangled, I don’t think I would have even bothered to watch this film. As a child of the 90s, I feel very strongly about my childhood memories, and feel a lot of Disney has changed – and not for the better. Since seeing and loving Tangled, I took a chance with Frozen. That chance paid off, and I would highly recommend it to people irregardless of age and gender.

Frozen on August 12, 2015 rated 4.0 of 5