With Disney releasing The Princess and the Frog
and Wreck-It Ralph
, I had little doubt that Frozen wouldn't live up to my expectations. I was right to ignore the naysayers prior to this film's release. Frozen is a delightful, enjoyable movie that people of all ages will be entertained by. (WARNING! Spoilers!)
What makes the film great is its cast of characters. Anna is wonderfully awkward, but she is so full of determination, energy and kindness that it's hard not to love her. Kristoff seems rough around the edges at first, but he gradually shows a very sweet, tender side to him. Plus, his design, with his stockiness and big nose, is unique compared to the other pretty boy Disney Princes. Hans makes for a refreshing Disney villain since he IS the typical pretty boy prince. Contrary to what a lot of people said about Olaf before the movie was released, he is a useful, non-annoying addition to the group. Elsa, however, steals the spotlight since she is easily one of Disney's most complex characters. Emotionally distant as she is, she has nothing but love and concern for her sister. She truly just wants her sister to be happy and safe from her powers, making the scene where Anna turns into ice all the more heartbreaking. Plus, she is one of the very rare positive portrayals of a queen in Disney, AND the writers don't feel the need to give her a love interest. How great is that?
The visuals are stunning. Elsa's ice palace is breathtaking, plus the setting is very culturally grounded in Norway with the architecture, rosemailing, geography and outfits. I absolutely love all of the songs; "Let It Go" is definitely one of the film's high points. One criticism that I sorta agree with is that, like, six songs are crammed together in the span of 45-50 minutes. Another criticism is that the dialogue for Hans' reveal was so cliche with the typical "You'll never get away with this!" "But I already have!" Another complaint is that the designs for Anna and Elsa are too similar to Rapunzel/each other. To Rapunzel? Maybe, but to each other? Gee, if only they were related, like, sisters or something.
While it's not without it's detractors, I thought Frozen was downright excellent. Bravo Disney.
p.s. can we please stop comparing revival era films to renaissance era films to gauge success?