Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Written By: Jennifer Lee
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 48 min
Well isn’t this what Disney does best? Magic, princes, princesses, castles, and a story of true love saving the day. How those elements play out in Frozen however, is refreshingly different. This film’s central focus is on the love shared between two sisters. It also acts as an ode to empowerment for young women, and tries to shake off the usual clichés concerning women in this kind of fairy tale story. Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Indina Menzel) learn to be strong independent women in control of their own lives, and not the usual damsels in distress waiting for their prince to save them.
Frozen is a really great movie filled with fun characters, and has the perfect balance of drama, humor, music, action and magic. It’s just the perfect package, and certainly the best animated feature we’ve seen from Disney in years. The songs are catchy and beautifully sung by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad brings a lot of fun and heart to the character Olaf too. It’s brightly animated, and moves along at a quick steady pace. Frozen is packed with plenty of Disney magic for the whole family to enjoy.
Not much preparation needed here. If you’ve loved other Disney features such as Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid – you’re going to be happy with this.
A crowded theater is going to work here. The theater I was in was packed with families, and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with Frozen. A digital matinée will work, and save on the cost of taking the whole family to the theater. At home, a HD copy for your collection is recommended.
My favorite song was ‘Let It Go’, performed by Idina Menzel. A fantastic voice which I recognized as she also played Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked. Which I saw TWICE!