Frozen

Posted: January 27, 2014 by Micah in Movie Reviews
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Ah Monday. A day like any other day, but millions of times worse. And today, on this day, and in this hour we must turn to ourselves and look deep into our own eyes as we ask ourselves the big, important questions of life. We must ask ourselves: will Micah actually review Frozen like he said he would? And for the answer to that question we must look no further than the bold font that can be found on the line below.

Micah Reviews: Frozen

A long line of wonderful Disney movies stands behind Frozen, staring at it in mild disapproval and wondering if it will live up to the lofty steps of its foremovies. Can Frozen join the pantheon of Disney sweetness? Or will it fall through the ice and never be heard from again? (editor’s note: I cut out all Micah’s ice puns except for this one. He threatened to quit and right now him and the four year old girl in charge of punctuating his sentences are the only employees here so… yeah. )

The Plot:

In the magical kingdom of…  Kingdom. Two happy daughters love playing in the snow. One of them can actually create snow and (in addition to that) chill drinks to their ideal temperatures!! Unfortunately Elsa accidentally chills her sister’s brain (like drinking a HUGE slushy, mixed with ice cream, made by the abominable snowman. It’s the worst brain freeze ever!!) and so begins a lifelong struggle to contain her epic snow powers in the interest of her sister, her country, and her love of beach volleyball.

Years later, through events to plot sensitive to get into, Elsa flees the kingdom leaving her little sister Anna to desperately seek out her lost sister with the help of a burly ice-cube maker, a very horse-like moose, and a magical snowman who comes to life for reasons that are never fully explained.

So, can these sisters overcome the obstacles set before them and unite the kingdom? Can super loosely defined super powers with no defined limits crash an otherwise solid movie? Will Olaf the Snowman enter the exclusive “randomly hilarious sidekicks” club? Only time will tell.

If you've seen Frozen, you're laughing now.

If you’ve seen Frozen, you’re laughing now.

The Pros:

It’s a very different sort of plot in this movie. The emphasis is less on a traditional “villain vs. hero” role and more on the relationship between Anna and Elsa. It keeps the movie from having a huge pull with the audience but the sisters have enough steady chemistry that you care about what happens and stay engaged. It works surprisingly well honestly, and while it’s not something that is gonna work for all movies from here on out, it’s a very nice change of pace and a cool idea.

As usual with a Disney film the music here is very catchy and nicely pulls you from one big moment to another. I wasn’t a huge fan of the “Love is an Open Door” song but then again I’m a 26 year old male watching a Disney kids movie so I don’t think Disney really cares what I think at all. They’re just laughing at me as they tuck my money safely into their doomsday vault.

Character relations are very very well done here. Lacking the traditional villain it would be easy for a movie like this to become dull but Disney mixes in a very nice blend of humor, heatwarmth, and… hair? Which keeps you interested in the actual characters themselves and not just what bad things are going to happen to them.

The negatrons:

Honestly there’s not really a ton to put here. One thing that bothered me a little bit was the fact that Elsa seems to have NO limit to her powers. I mean she builds an ice castle in like three minutes and doesn’t seem even vaguely tired. She accidentally creates a magical LIVING snowman for crying out loud. That’s right she accidentally created life. Despite that though a group of about ten people successfully assail her castle. I mean if I had UNLIMITED ice powers I feel I could overcome two assassins armed with crossbows and a falling chandelier. I’m not gonna stand here and say Disney needs to write out a list of Elsa’s powers but at least having her look vaguely winded after she gives life to a massive snow golem might have helped the believability of later events.

"But how will I stop this attack? All I have is the ability to create life and virtually limitless ice-powers!"

“But how will I stop this attack? All I have is the ability to create life and virtually limitless ice-powers!”

In Conclusion:

Frozen is an interesting entry into the Disney Pantheon. It’s not one-hundred percent hilarious, the fights aren’t epic (or really there at all) and the music (while very good) isn’t gonna be way up in the Disney songs of epicness listings. Frozen doesn’t do anything brilliantly but what it does do is a little bit everything very very well. It’s just a solid movie with a great plot, interesting characters, and bueatiful animation. You won’t remember it for that one awesome thing but you’ll remember it for the complete package that it is and for that reason I give it a hearty 4 out of a hearty 5.

Thanks for reading everyone! Come on back Thursday as I make the aforementioned “randomly hilarious Disney sidekick” list!! No, seriously. I will.

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Comments
  1. Caleb Schaaf says:

    Personally, I feel that the fact that John Lasseter is about the only animated movie producer who could have pulled off the unique plot in this movie

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