3 and half stars
Frozen Will Melt Your Heart
Watch this movie with people you love, it’s that good! Disney takes you on a snowflake filled adventure ride through smiles and sighs, sadness and joy...perfect for children of all ages!
Writing for children is not easy. You either end up making extremely silly movies where babies bawl for popcorn, or you put silly ideas in their heads where little girls pronounce their dads ‘not prince charming’ because ‘daddy doesn’t wear tights’... Either way, you have lost their attention.
Frozen captures your attention right from the word go. Normally I would hate to suggest that you take kids to a 3D movie because the glasses annoy the kids. But here, even before the opening credits show up, Disney manages to bridge the 2D - 3D gap, and wow us with the idea of how movies moved from black and white to color. I fell in love instantly because it was a very very clever thing to do: treat the grown-up audience as intelligent people, and make the kids say, ‘I want Mickey plush toy!’
Despite the annoying cartoon sounds of the little extra in the opening creds, I mentally made a note to buy a Mickey toy for myself.
Now Entangled was a new take on an old fairy tale, and Frozen is based on the classic ‘Snow Queen’. I settle down to expect a smorgasbord of Cruela and Cinderella’s stepmum, and I am happily surprised.
The movie starts with a little kid called Anna who is as awesome as Agnes from Despicable Me (remember ‘It’s so fluffy!’?) who makes you want to go out and play (to make a cynical hundred something year old like me to want to go out and play, is a super achievement for Disney!). That said, your jaw drops when Elsa, her sister, makes magic that Disney was once famous for.
After that it’s a rollercoaster ride that you do not regret for even one minute. I found myself sighing at the stunning visuals on the big screen, and mentally making a note that I must go on a snow-filled holiday next.
There is not a trick in the book that they miss. There are scary moments with the wolves, and also with the snow monster which you think might make kids cry, but then how they are dealt with is so much fun that you want to raise your fist in the air and cheer our hero! Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer are so cute, parents might as well give in and book the family holiday to the Scandinavian countries. And the trolls are so cute and so is big guy in the shop and the trading count is funny and Prince Hans is gorgeous and…You get the picture, eh?
Of course there is romance, but clever and funny so parents don’t raise eyebrows. And the songs are there too, but not annoying. The predictability of the song Now and Forever grated a bit on my nerves, but even then, it quickly becomes a visual spectacle, or this review would have added half a snowflake… erm… Star, surely.
Why does this movie get so many stars?
One: Olaf the snowman has the most romantic dialog of any film this year. In fact, his, ‘Some people are worth melting for’ is up there with ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.’
Two: It does not a children’s movie with a couple of grown up jokes thrown in to make parents happy. It is a whole package. You can watch it with your kids, your lover, or your parents, and you will still come away with a smile on your face.
Frozen will melt your heart.