Frozen (2013) – Doesn’t live up to the Hype, but…
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Long Story Short:
Elsa has kept a dark secret from her sister Anna. When her secret is revealed in front of the whole town, she is forced to leave her home. While everyone thinks Elsa is an evil witch, Anna believes in Elsa’s good heart. So she teams up with Kristoff to go on an epic journey to find and bring back her beloved sister.
Oddly, when I looked up for the words “Walt Disney Frozen” I came across the fact, that Walt Disney’s head has been frozen since 1965, after he had died of lunge cancer. And according to Weekly World News It was even stolen about 3 years ago, and the thieves asked for a ransom. Not sure what the outcome was, but honestly I didn’t care; all this proved is that even back then rich people could get what they want, and science is further than they claim to be. I am pretty sure there are cures for HIV/AIDS or cancer but only people with money have the privilege to try them. But enough with conspiracy theories. Back to the movie! 😀
Frozen has a classic Disney – movie structure like I remember from my childhood. Besides a compelling storyline movies, such as Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and The Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), or Pocahontas (1995) also had a beautiful soundtrack. They were the perfect balance of movie and musical. Since I expected something just as creative and beautiful as that, I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I finally got to see Frozen. The story was cute, but very shallow, which lead to flat characters. I mean, it could have been such an amazing adventure; Elsa could have accidentally iced her own heart and become the evil ice queen, so Anna had to sacrifice herself in order to cure her sister’s heart, and then magically wake up after Elsa’s heart warms up again, because it only took the act of love to save her. They should have added some spice to it, but instead they kept it very dull, and it was actually a little boring. On top of that the songs didn’t really do it for me either. In The Little Mermaid for example each song had a story, one song was about Arielle wanting to become a human, another one was about the pact with Ursula. But the songs in Frozen seemed just added for musical reasons, and frankly, it was a little too much for me. The only song that stole my heart was Idina Menzel’s version of Let it Go. But I already fell in love with her voice in the movie adaptation of he musical Rent.
Also, the graphics are brilliant, and the voices they have chosen for the to leading ladies – Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel – were perfect, too.
So, all in all, I would say it’s an enjoyable movie, but it doesn’t have the same quality and charm of the Walt Disney classics. Nonetheless it is worth a watch on DVD.
And here is the scene that stole my heart: Idina Menzel’s version of Let it Go. It’s my personal highlight of the movie, because the scene itself is breathtaking, too.