Review of Frozen
Friday, Mar. 21st, 2014 (2592 views)
don't have any small children in my home and had no desire to see the animated movie, Frozen. However, between all the movie hype, meme references, word of mouth and the movie smashing international boxing office records, I finally caved and curled up with a couple of cats and a cup of coffee and proceeded to watch the movie.
Princess Elsa has a magical ability to create ice and snow. As we can all guess, this can cause havoc and while innocently playing a game with her sister, Elsa nearly kills Ana. Their father over reacts and decides to isolate the daughters from each other and from the outside world. Thinking he knows what is best for everyone, he locks Elsa away and instructs her to control her powers.
Several years later, the princesses have grown up and the parents die tragically. The day of Elsa’s coronation is the first time both girls come out of isolation, lay eyes on each other and open the castle to the public. Ana also decides that this would be a good day to announce her engagement to a prince she has known for several hours. With all the stress, Elsa inadvertently unleashes her powers, causes winter in the kingdom and in turn scares the locals. Ana feels guilty for causing the stress and goes after Elsa in hopes of restoring order to the land.
The first thing I noticed about the movie, it's a musical, an animated musical fairy tale. This movie grated on my nerves about as much as my cat has been whining and moaning to go outside for the last two hours. Like most Disney movies, within the first fifteen minutes the parental homicide angle, reared it ugly head. I am sure Walt Disney had a clause put in his will that all animated movies could only be produced if
the parents were killed. This movie could have been just as effective and used the same plot line and ending without the parents having to die. No wonder so many kids are killing their parents, they are watching Disney movies.
Over the years Disney has been accused of being overtly sexist and one would think that in 2013 it would have improved. But alas, this movie is very sexist, Elsa's own father isolates her from the world because of her powers and yet, will take Ana to be healed by magic that a troll can perform. Elsa is also perceived as a witch with evil powers and should be killed and yet a male character can have trolls for a family and a grandfather who is very powerful. Not a double standard in the least little bit. While Ana is searching for her sister, she is relying on a man to keep her safe and to get her to destination quickly. Women are dangerous, powerful and need to be controlled.
There are some redeeming qualities about this movie. The supporting cast is semi funny, gives the comedic relief needed to keep the movie moving at the right pace and stops you from looking at your watch every five minutes. Olaf and Sven the snowman and Reindeer are the goofy but loveable sidekicks. The ending was very unexpected and non traditional; the key to saving Ana, was the love of her sister and not some "true love" dogma. A traditional villain was not portrayed in this movie, and everyone was likeable, which was refreshing. The visuals were stunning and well done, and the movie can be seen in both 2D and 3D. For a bonus, there is a short clip after the end credits.
I give this a 4/10 all the funny moments from the movie happen to be in the trailer.
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