REVIEW: Disney delivers another good princess movie with 'Frozen'
Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 01:12
If the movies “X-Men” and “Tangled” got married, their baby would be “Frozen.”
Elsa (Idina Menzel, ‘Enchanted’) is a princess of the land of Arendelle who has the power to manipulate cold. She can freeze things, create ice and even change the weather. She is very powerful, and she has trouble controlling it.
As a child, she realizes the danger of her power as she is playing with her little sister, Anna (Kristen Bell, ‘When in Rome’), who encourages Elsa to use her power for their enjoyment. She accidentally hits Anna with her ice magic, and it knocks her out.
Their parents take Anna to some trolls who know how to cure her. Because she was hit in the head — which they claim to be better than being hit in the heart — they are able to help her out easily. The trolls advise the family to keep Anna away from her sister’s power.
Anna’s memory of the power is erased by the trolls, and Elsa keeps herself locked up in her room for years. As they grow older, Anna has little to no contact with her sister, and she does not understand why this is. Though she does not remember Elsa’s ice powers, she remembers that they used to get along. Suddenly, her sister has estranged herself. What she does not know is this is Elsa’s attempt at protecting her.
Years pass, their parents die and Elsa is of age to be queen. The coronation party is the first time in years Anna actually talks to Elsa, and they get along really well.
Meanwhile at the party, Anna meets a man named Hans (Santino Fontana), and she really likes him. They decide to get engaged right then and there. Unlike “Cinderella,” in which this sort of thing is acceptable, this movie makes it known how stupid of an idea it is.
When they announce it to Elsa, she is not pleased with their decision. As Anna tries to convince her to give them her blessing, Elsa gets more and more angry until she lets her icy powers loose. The weather changes from summer to winter. This scares everyone, and Elsa runs away to be alone.
Anna goes after her in an adventure in which she meets a man named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff,) his reindeer Sven and a naive talking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad, ‘21’).
Disney has found a new formula for princess movies that works pretty well. When the company started animating movies, the most romantic concept seemed to be that true love happens at first sight. This changed with “Beauty and the Beast” in which neither character even liked each other at first. However, as the movie progressed, they started tolerating and even loving the other person.