Frozen Review

Kevin Pacelli ’14
EE Co Editor-in-Chief

I’ll admit it – I’m a teenage boy, almost 18 years old, and I’m still a sucker for Disney movies. Whether it’s monsters on a college campus with a massive Greek scene, a lion struggling with an identity crisis, or an unlikely duo lugging an airborne house around South America, I simply can’t get enough of these animated masterpieces that come out year after year. With that in mind, it didn’t matter that the first Frozen trailer told absolutely nothing about the movie. I knew it was going to be worth seeing.

Frozen, based on the classic fairy tale “The Snow Queen” written by Hans Christian Andersen, takes place in and around the kingdom of Arendelle. It tells the story of a princess named Elsa (Idina Menzel) with dangerously mystical powers. She learns from a young age that her powers aren’t to be taken lightly; a game with her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) goes terribly wrong, and she is forced into isolation as a result. Unfortunately for Anna, she has no recollection of the mishap, and she is left lonely and confused as to why she cannot spend time with her sister anymore.

Soon enough, though, Elsa is forced out of hiding. The time comes for her to inherit the throne of Arendelle, and the doors to the castle open for the first time in years. Unfortunately Elsa’s powers are incredibly strong and difficult to hide, and it isn’t long before her secret is revealed to Anna and the rest of the kingdom. Embarrassment and fear drive the new queen out of Arendelle, and her lack of control leaves the land completely frozen in a wintry state. It seems that Elsa is the only one capable of bringing summer back to Arendelle, and Anna sets out to find her immediately.

The film primarily documents Anna’s journey, during which she meets an extremely lovable cast of characters that includes a boy named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his trusty moose Sven, and a talking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) who serves as a nonstop source of irresistible comedy. Audiences of all ages will find themselves building stronger and stronger connections to these characters (even the moose) as the story progresses.

Musical numbers are perfectly placed throughout the movie, occurring at just the right times and never feeling like a drag. Menzel hits her notes perfectly in a way that fans of Wicked will find quite familiar, and Gad brings laughter even through song with his musical feature “In Summer,” in which he discusses what snow does when the weather is warm (he is sadly mistaken).

Despite its somewhat cliche ending, the plot is not entirely predictable, keeping audiences at the edges of their seats while charming them along the way. Anna’s journey is a wonderful one that provides all the laughter, emotions, and (ironically) heart-warming moments that one would expect from a Disney film. Frozen is just one more piece of evidence showing that Disney still has a leg up in the field of animation, and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change anytime soon.

Anna of Arendelle, welcome to the Disney Princess Club.

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