Frozen is the latest animation from Disney. It follows the story of a young, optimistic princess named Anna. Her not-so-optimistic sister, Elsa is about to be crowned queen, but she accidentally reveals that for her entire life she has had magical powers by putting the kingdom into an eternal winter. Anna must venture through the snow with a summer loving snowman named Olaf and an ice cutter named Kristoff.
I didn't see this film for one main reason, Disney's previous film. I was very excited when Wreck-It-Wralph was released because I love Disney and the film looked overly awesome, but was shocked to find it overrated and just average. This led to my decision to watch the other three films to be released on Boxing Day instead of this one and after having seen it for the first time I honestly regret it. It's not like I didn't have an opportunity to see this film, like I didn't with this year's All Is Lost, I just wanted to wait. It was possibly one of the biggest film related mistakes of last year.
The animation in Frozen looks astonishing. All the crisp, silver settings of the film have an undeniably warm, welcoming and just breathtaking look. Frozen takes advantage of this and creates one of the most stunning looking films that they have ever made. I can only imagine what it would have been like to watch on the big screen and I envy all those who managed to.
Frozen is a whole new twist on the Disney Princess genre. Let's face it, Disney Princesses is a genre and Frozen takes this genre to a whole new level. The film takes all that we know about the genre and turns it around completely, transforming it into a woman powered, charming and heartwarming adventure with deeper messages that hit home. Some would argue that the story arc of the film is the same amongst all Disney films and while I agree with this statement, it's never been done like this before.
The film features plenty of humour for everybody. The film had me laughing harder than all the comedies to come out last year, perhaps Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues being the only acceptation, and this is heavily thankful to the simple-minded snowman named Olaf. Olaf is a charming and just delightful character that brings a breath of fresh air onto every scene that he's in. He truly is one of the best characters to hit animated screens in recent years, the character from Monster's University not counting as they have been around for much longer.
The songs in the film all have a sing-a-long quality to them. After viewing the movie I can safely say that the re-release of this film in a 'Sing-A-Long' version was not a marketing scam, but in fact a necessity. The film's songs were unbelievable and 'Let it Go' was more deserving of the Oscar than ever. Disney has just gotten everything perfect with this film and it is without a doubt one of my favourite films of last year, unfortunately I will not be updating my top 15 films of the year list.
To sum up, I regretfully missed Frozen in cinemas due to the astonishing animation, new twist on the Disney Princess genre, a heart warming story, a bit of humour for everybody and songs with a sing-a-long quality to them.
4 1/2 Stars