Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Frozen - Movie Review

Disney continues a long tradition of family friendly animated features with Frozen which tells a tale of two sisters who must overcome the icy walls that have been put up between them. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee also co-wrote the story alongside Shane Morris and voice acting is provided by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, and Josh Gad.

Sisters Anna (Bell) and Elsa (Menzel) grew up playing together and were the best of friends until one day an accident caused by Elsa's mysterious power to freeze anything around her nearly kills her younger sister. Fortunately, their parents, the king and queen of Arendelle, are able to make an agreement with a band of rock trolls to cure Anna as long as Elsa is able to keep her powers hidden forever.

Several years later, what starts out as a day of reunion and celebration for the sisters, turns colder than ever before and Elsa decides to leave the kingdom forever in an attempt to keep her sister safe. Still not fully understanding what is going on, Anna takes off after her sister and, with the help of a young ice harvester named Kristoff (Groff), his trusty reindeer companion, and a mysteriously magical snowman named Olaf (Gad), hopes to bring their family back together once and for all.

One thing Disney Animation has always known how to do is tell a timeless fairy tale story that kids of all ages can relate to. I would have to say that, along with 2010's Tangled, their efforts have reached a very high level of quality after being overshadowed for many years by sister studio Pixar Animation. The story here is top shelf quality with strong lead characters (bonus points for having two female leads) and focuses on a powerful family theme that could rival some of the more touching stories in Disney's catalog like Up and The Lion King.

Frozen also features some of the best animation you will see on a movie screen and shows off a beautiful color pallet that is only accentuated by the level of detail provided by the latest computer technology. Seriously, this movie is absolutely gorgeous to look at and, while I did not see it in 3D, I could tell by how some of the scenes were laid out, it would definitely be worth the extra couple dollars for the added eye popping goodness.

The final things you need to know about going to see this movie are that, as always, there is a brand new Disney short film that plays before the feature starts as well as a post credits scene that is definitely worth the wait. The short film is especially good and is full of some really fun surprises from some old favorites that will have you laughing all the way through. Overall, Frozen is a very charming and heartwarming movie that won't leave you out in the cold so feel free to bring the family out for a frosty good time.


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