Release Date: November 27, 2013
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.
Run Time: 108 Minutes
Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menze
Well, folks, it looks like Disney has done it again. In keeping with tradition, Disney is releasing their latest masterpiece just in time for the holidays. “Frozen”, which opens in theaters everywhere today, follows the journey of two sisters, Elsa (voiced by Idina Menze) and Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) who inherit their kingdom after the death of their parents. The once close sisters were torn apart following an accident in their childhood that’s been kept secret from everyone except Elsa (the older sister). Once Elsa becomes old enough to be crowned Queen, the girls open their castle doors for a grand coronation ball. Events unfold during the party that cause Queen Elsa to head for the hills…quite literally. The remainder of the movie follows younger sister Anna, as she attempts to locate and bring her older sister home. Along the way, she meets new friends, discovers a few foes, and learns a lot about what it means to love. In the end, everyone’s lives are changed forever.
This visually appealing film was brilliantly crafted. The beautiful, vibrant colors pop from the screen. I had the privilege to attend an advanced screening of this film in 3D. I’m not sure if it was the screen in the theater that we were viewing it in or if it was the movie itself but it took a few minutes before everything ‘settled’ (so to speak) and for the 3D to look as crisp as one would expect it to be. Beyond the aesthetics, the movie’s score is incredible. Christophe Beck, the composer for this film, has really outdone himself in creating a soundtrack that is sure to be loved by generations to come. The film itself is well paced with a great storyline and an intelligent use of Olaf (the adorable snowman) as a bit of comedic relief throughout the film. It will be well received by adults and children of all ages and may very well be a contender for best animated film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
On my scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the worst, 5 is the best, and 10 is the worst again, I give Disney’s “Frozen” a 5.25 and an emoticon subranking of “Awwwwww! That was sweet!”