No not the 2010 horror film about three kids stuck on a ski lift. This Frozen is Disney’s latest animated film loosely based on the fairytale The Snow Queen.
Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) used to be close as kids but have struggled to maintain this as they’ve grown older, mostly due to Elsa having a major secret. She has the power to make snow and ice but has difficulty controlling her powers. When Elsa is made Queen her powers spill out in front of everyone and she accidentally freezes the whole of their kingdom. As Elsa escapes to the mountains her sister Anna is hot on her trail to bring her home safely with the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) a mountain man, his trusty Rainedeer Sven and Olaf (Josh Gad) a magical snowman.
This is fabulously fun ride that children and adults should both enjoy. It’s gorgeous to look at, especially when Elsa creates her ice palace. It is also one of Disney’s effortless funny features, mostly coming from the supporting characters. Olaf the snowman, with his optimistic attitude and obsession with the sun is bound to be most people’s favourite character. Mountain man Kristoff is also a delightful character full of wit and sarcasm, and his adorable reindeer Sven brings out the warmer side of his character.
The sisters also make for great Disney heroines. Anna is naively charming and determined, wanting a life outside the castle doors, while Elsa perfectly contrasts her being the more controlled and restrained sister, at least until her powers are exposed. Then she lets out her wilder side, relishing the powers she’s kept hidden for years. The relationship between the sisters is also quite sweet, and this ends up being the main focus rather than the romantic entanglements which there are plenty of as well. There are also some nice actions scenes and moments of high drama and betrayals (one reveal in particular caused several people to gasp out loud in the cinema).
However there are some sour points. The musical numbers are a bit dull and forgettable. Only two stand out, Elsa’s powerful solo “Let It Go” and Olaf’s hilarious “In Summer”. Besides those you won’t be singing any other songs as you leave the cinema. Those small bits aside, it’s a wonderful family film and perfect for the Christmas season (which I’m sure is exactly what Disney’s accountants were hoping for 😉 ).
Rating 4/5- Frozen is a delightful winter treat that’s bound to melt even the most cynical of hearts