run time: 108 mins
considered: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk
movie summary: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: The temperatures dropped down into the minus 30’s celsius here in Alberta, so I thought it was time to check out Frozen.
Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) of Arendelle was born with a curse that everything she touches turns to ice. As kids, she nearly kills her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) while playing in the snow. Her parents, the King and Queen, decide that the only way to keep Elsa safe is to lock her away in her room for the next decade. Fast forward a few years and the girls’ parents die so after her 18th birthday, Elsa is now old enough to ascend to the throne. Despite her desire to stay hidden for fear of harming anyone else, a big celebration is planned and the whole town is being welcomed into the castle.
Anna hasn’t seen her sister in over 10 years and is overly excited to finally hang out with her. On top of the party, Anna’s hopeless romantic personality gets her excited that she could meet her true love that night. The sisters take part in the ceremony and ball, before Anna meets Prince Hans and agrees to marry him. Elsa is furious over this news and as the new Queen forbids the marriage. Anna begs and pleads which causes Elsa to unleash her powers in front of everyone who now thinks she’s a witch. Running out of the castle and into the forest Elsa uses her ice powers to put distance between herself and the people pursuing her. She reaches the top of the land’s highest mountain, builds herself an ice castle and plans to live in isolation forever.
Arendelle is left in a bitter cold winter with the land and water frozen over. Anna goes against Prince Hans’ wishes and embarks on a journey to find her sister who will come back to un-break the frozen curse. After losing her horse in the blizzard, she stumbles into a mountain side trade shop where she meets the handsome mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven. Shortly after being chased by wolves and crashing Kristoff’s sled they bump into overly funny Olaf (Josh Gad) the snowman. Together the trio climb up the mountain and reach the castle where Elsa is, and despite Anna’s appeals vows never to leave or break the frozen curse. In an attempt to send Anna away Elsa accidentally strikes her with ice and badly injures her baby sister.
Kristoff rescues Anna who is now slowly freezing to death. He thinks that the trolls in the deep forest can help her, so with the help of Sven and Olaf they rush to find the elder troll. They get bad news that only an act of true love can save her life, break the frozen spell, and return Arendelle back to summer. Running short on time, the group return home only to have Prince Hans pull a double cross and proclaim himself King. Everything is falling part in Arendelle as Elsa returns, gets kidnapped and sentenced to death. Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven must try their best from outside the castle walls to free the sisters and unite them for a chance to break the curse.
The critics and sold out crowds have expressed their joy over Frozen. Despite the opening 20-30 minutes featuring more singing dialogue than actual talking, I was preparing myself to be let down. Instead the story, action, drama, and humor picks up and we are presented with a great heart warming story about sisters sticking together to over come the obstacles that life has thrown them. The story mostly focuses on Anna and Elsa because of their great voice casting, but for the me the best character in the movie is Olaf the talking snowman. He just pops up in every conversation with his funny take of the current situation and is always trying to piece himself back together after coming apart or losing his body parts.
Frozen is by far one of the best Disney movies released over the last few years. It will be a hit for kids and adults with great animation, songs, and story telling.
my star rating: 8 out 10