Disney’s Frozen: Is It Worth Your Money?
Frozen may have melted this critic’s icy heart!
So Disney is known for having the family movie formula down better than any other movie studio. If someone does better than them, they just buy them out (Pixar). So it’s really no wonder that Frozen is getting great reviews. Even the mediocre Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog were considerably better than most family fare. Both had considerable box office draw, much like I predict Frozen to have. In fact, I believe Frozen will usurp The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for total box office draw this weekend.
Set in a small village in Norway, Frozen tells us the story of princess sisters who’ve been segregated in their own house due to the eldest Elsa’s (voiced by Idena Menzel) very dangerous magical powers. The sisters grow up alone, and secluded from the rest of the world as well, until the day of the eldest sister’s coronation. After an argument between Elsa and Anna (the youngest sister voiced by Kristen Bell) Elsa runs away into the mountains leaving her village in an eternal winter due to a loss of control of her powers. This is where the adventure begins.
So lets get down to what makes Frozen so great. Besides following the normal flow of an equal mix of ambiguous adult humor, and wacky child based humor, Frozen broke away from many of the tacky Disney norms. One thing I was happy to see done away with was the talking animals. While there were a few anthropomorphic animals, not a single one of them spoke (of their own accord at least). There was however an enchanted talking snowman that, to my surprise, was quite entertaining.
Disney opted out of the typical princess archetype for Frozen. Princess Anna is fearless, and doesn’t need a man to save her. In fact, she’s the real hero of this film, and not in an “in your face” way. This is very progressive for a Disney film. The best part is that they pull it off in a very sincere manner, without desperately drawing attention.
Overall I say Frozen is not only worth your money, it’s worth the multiple daily viewings you’re sure to endure to pacify your child’s constant need for stimulation (once it’s out on DVD). This is an endearing story, sure to bring a smile to you and your child’s face.
I give Frozen an 8 out of 10