Monday, December 2, 2013

Movie Review: Frozen

Rating: *****

I'm not a huge fan of animated film, but I take my nine-year-old daughter to the ones I think I can actually sit through and not get too bored. Frozen was one such film. My daughter begged for weeks in advance of its release, so I obliged. The misleading perception is that it's a film about a talking snowman named Olaf, but it's really about two princesses and their relationship. A friend of mine scoffed, "The snowman looked stupid so I didn't want to see it," and while the snowman is a part of the film he doesn't even show up until about halfway through it.

The film opens with the two sisters playing together and enjoying the older girl's magic powers to create snow and ice through her hands. Upon an unfortunate accident that nearly kills her little sister, the older girl is moved into isolation (her powers are predicted to grow) to protect the other sister. This results in the older sister "colding" herself off from the rest of the family. This sets the premise for the rest of the film. I don't like to give away spoilers in my reviews. I will say we have two princes vying for attention, and the twist in the film is unexpected. I like the intelligent and mature messages about love and family. The film had the requisite Disney signature animal supporters including a carrot-hungry reindeer named Sven, and of course, Olaf, the walking, talking snowman who loses his butt as often as he loses his carrot nose. Look for the adorable song about how an innocent snowman loves summer -- it's funny and entertaining.

It's a sweet, cute and good-hearted children's film. My daughter absolutely loved it. So, I am going to give it a must-see for the whole family.

1 comment:

  1. Good review Michelle. Most kids movies like to just appeal to the little ones and nobody else, but this movie does the job in hitting marks with both the younger, and older demographic that may get roped into seeing this.