Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Frozen Review: A New Disney Classic!

I don't know about you, but I remember a time where Disney reign supreme in the genre of animation.  Classics like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King; aw, those were day. These days, on the other hand, the animated trend of Disney has died down. Yet, when an animated film does pop up, it can be a treat. That brings us to latest animated Disney feature: Frozen. After the success of Tangled, Frozen would be worked on the 2010 film's creators and be another Disney movie completely CG.  Though Tangled prove Disney Animation could be brought in a different light, how does Frozen fair in Disney's long list of animated classics?

The tale of Frozen deals with two princess: Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). While things have been peaceful in the kingdom Arendelle, there is a secret in the royal family: Elsa has the power to control ice. After a dramatic situation, Elsa's powers go out of control bringing an eternal winter to Arendell. Anna journeys after Elsa with  the mountain man Kristoff (Johnathan Groff), his trusty reindeer Sven and a living snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Together, the four journey into a wilderness so they can save kingdom as well as Elsa.

While there are many classic Disney films, sometimes the films' plot can be repetitive. Frozen, on the other hand, does not fall under such stereotypes. Thanks to the two plots of Anna and Elsa, Frozen's plot was very refreshing. Plus, the pacing of the story was great by making Frozen an adventurous tale that really stood out. 

With a great story came wonderful characters. It almost hard to decide who was the superior character among the ensemble. Kristen Bell brought a charismatic performance as Anna; while surprising me in other areas. Idina Menzel brought her voice and belting ability as Elsa, who was just a different kind of Disney Princess. I even liked Kristoff and Olaf, and normally can't stand the generic male love interest and comedic relief. On paper, the cast to Frozen didn't look like it was going to work. Yet in the end, this ensemble was hard not to love. 

To say Frozen's animation was great seems a little redundant seeing that Disney film usually shine in this element; but Frozen has some wonderful animation. What stands out in the animation is the use of the colors and lights. This help thing such as the character stand out from the likes of Tangled's cast. Along with the animation came the music. The score by Christophe Beck was impressive, and even more so was the fact that Frozen was a musical. Speaking of musicals: Frozen has to be the one best Disney musicals in a very long time. The reason why the element work was because the movie treated itself like a Broadway musical. A rare feat, even in Disney films.

This is the point where I talked about which scenes stood out me. In the case of Frozen, the moments that stood out to me were the musical numbers. The big songs, "First Time In Forever" and "Let It Go", were great."First Time In Forever" was a fantastic title song giving us great moments between Anna and Elsa; plus the sound was soothing. Then there was Elsa's big song: Let it Go. The song was catchy and just great for the character. I am willing to bet that these songs will be remember in the years to come. 

If you haven't guessed yet: I liked Frozen. The film was a treat for families and fans of both animation and Disney. With a compelling story, memorable character and  the Broadway atmosphere, Frozen is indeed a hit. This film is not just one of the best of the year, but it is one the best Disney for quite sometime. 

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