Movie review – Frozen: It’s snow-time!

2013-12-20 14:05

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Film: Frozen (Ster-Kinekor)

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Featuring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Ciaran Hinds

Rating: 8/10

The Disney guys who created Maximus, the super-cop horse horse in Tangled, return with another four-legged character you’ll love – Sven the reindeer.

The rest of the film’s pretty cool too.

This Disney-fication of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen lightens up what is traditionally a very dark tale of the eternal tussle between good and evil.

In Frozen, two sisters (Elsa and Anna) are torn apart by one’s magical abilities after a childhood accident.

Elsa (Idina Menzel of Glee fame) has power over snow and ice, but when she zaps her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) by accident she learns to fear the gift that they used to enjoy together.

The only remnant of their childhood is a snowman called Olaf, who reappears when things go bad to remind the sisters about fun and love.

He is also the star of the film’s trailer in which he and Sven race to get to his carrot nose first.

The best thing about Frozen (apart from Sven, obviously) is that it subverts the happily-ever-after fairytale so cleverly.

Anna falls for a handsome prince in the first frames of the film, but this seeming happy ending turns out to be a lesson in not taking anything at face value.

Instead of enjoying her “happily ever after”, Anna has to chase her sister through an icy winter made by Elsa to find a way to bring back summer. Along the way she meets a guy called Christoff, whose best friend is Sven, and Olaf, who daydreams about summer holidays.

Like the irrepressible Rapunzel and her trusty frying pan, Anna is a damsel who can save herself (and others).

These new-age Disney princesses might still be from far-off magical places but they have a lot more in common with the current experience of girls as they get stuck into saving themselves and don’t hang about doing chores or sleeping while waiting for Prince Charming (like Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora).

This Nordic-inspired creation is worthy of Disney’s abilities and is likely to be an Oscar winner (in Disney tradition) come Best Song time at the Oscars.

It has eight original songs and I bet it ends up on Broadway in no time at all. It’s family time and this is the perfect family outing, the animation is magical and the 3D works well although it isn’t essential to your enjoyment.

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