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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. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I came into Frozen with the most ridiculously high expectations. As I didn’t get a chance to see it at the cinema, for the last four months, I’ve heard almost nothing but excessive praise for it, and I was worried that it could do nothing but fail to live up to those expectations. As it was, I needn’t have worried, because it was almost every bit as good as I was expecting.
- I watched it with my friend Jen, and she has it the Blu Ray disc, and a pretty decent television. All of this meant that I was really able to appreciate the quality of the animation, something that you sometimes miss out on if you don’t get to see a film at the cinema. I thought the film looked amazing, with Arendelle looking stunning throughout the big freeze, but also during the spring thaw.
- Considering I’m a little late to the party, I’m not sure there’s an awful lot to say about the gender politics in the film, but I’m going to say it anyway. It’s so refreshing to watch a film in which a romance is given a back seat to make way for the relationship between two sisters. Whilst it becomes increasing clear throughout the film that Kristoff and Anna are MFEO, it’s not the most important thing that is going on. In the end, when we’re told that an act of true love is the only thing that can save Anna, it’s not a kiss from a man that does this, and it’s not even the love of her sister, as I was expecting. Anna ends up saving herself by acting completely selflessly in order to save her sister, demonstrating an act of true love herself. It’s very clever, and considering how much this film is adored (completely and utterly, it seems), by small children, it’s great that this generation will grow up watching and rewatching this film, learning this lesson. It’s not just important that little girls are taught this lesson, little boys should learn it too. As well as Anna, Elsa proves that you don’t need a man to make you happy; she doesn’t have a love interest at all, and is still massively awesome.
I’ve had Let it Go in my head for approximately ten days now, since I watched the film. It’s weird, because I didn’t think I totally loved it when I first heard it, but since then I’ve listened to it a lot, and I don’t just listen to it once. As soon as it finishes, I hit play again. It’s just a great Disney song, with a great performance by Idina Menzel. The rest of the soundtrack is great too; I particularly like Do You Want to Build a Snowman and Love is an Open Door.
It’s genuinely laugh out funny. I know I’m not alone in thinking that Olaf the snowman is the funniest person in the entire film; his song In Summer is really clever and funny. Another highlight is when he is telling Anna to run when they think that Kristoff is crazy for talking to rocks as though they are family: “Because I love you Anna, I insist you run.” Also, “Yeah, why?” is hilarious. Just when you think he’s said it for the last time, he says it again. Usually, three is the magic number in comedy, but he says it four times, and it’s genuinely funny each and every time.
Hans, Kristoff, Anna, Sven = Hans Christian Andersen. I love this.
What I Didn’t Like
- In recent years, Disney animated women have a certain look. Tiana from The Princess and the Frog is a less extreme example, but Rapunzel from Tangled and Anna and Elsa here have a very distinctive look, and that involves huge eyes and tiny features. Anna’s eyes are bigger than her wrists. For all the positivity that Frozen promotes in terms of female relationships and empowerment, it takes a massive step backwards by failing to have their heroines reflect real body shapes. Given that it’s an animation, it’s so very easy to fix this, and I hope that in the future Disney try hard to do so.
Why Should You See This Film?
I know, I know. You’ve already seen this film. I was officially the last person alive to see it, so nothing I say here will convince you to watch it because you’ve already got the DVD and the soundtrack is on in the car on repeat, right? If you are arriving a little late to the party, I would say that if you are a Disney fan, you’ll probably love it (though it’s still not as good as Beauty and the Beast). Anna and Elsa are Disney princesses for the 21st century, and if you have children, make them watch it and impress upon them the importance of its message. Also, the music is fabulous, the animation is beautiful, and it’s really funny. Honestly, go watch it. Do it now, and then come back and tell me what you thought.