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Frozen (2013)

6:46 AM

Quoted as the “best Disney” film since The Lion King, the slim pickings at my theater of choice around Christmas made the choice unanimous – we would be seeing Frozen for our sometimes-annual Christmas week theater outing. Here is what I wound up thinking about the much-buzzed about animated, princess film.  

Young princesses, Anna and Elsa are the best of friends. They are more than just sisters and playmates, their relationship is one that never sees turmoil… until Elsa’s magical powers destroy that. Born with the ability to turn anything at her touch into ice, Elsa and Anna’s midnight winter playground frivolity goes wrong when Anna is hurt at Elsa’s hand and for the next many years, Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is kept to her room at the hope of her parents that as she grows, so will her ability to control her powers. Three years after the death of their parents, Elsa’s coronation day arrives and with it Elsa’s worry over being able to manage secreting her powers… and a fear that Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) may learn the truth.  

It’s hard to look back at Disney’s record and actually pull out films that were “bad.” Sure, like anything there are certain ones that I thought were less than memorable yet through it all, they’ve maintained decent, enchanting, adventurous and family friendly entertainment. Back in 2010, they re-spun the legend of Rapunzel in Tangled and now the creative Disney minds had been inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ice Queen which resulted in this magical piece of animation. I cannot recount all of the Pinterest, Twitter or blog mentions that popped up on timelines for this movie. Already on my radar from its cute promo spots and a conversation with a friend, it wasn’t long before I began to put this on the list of movies that perhaps needed to be experienced on the big-screen. Walking out of the theater with a smile was the only effect I needed from this and fortunately, Frozen gave that to me.  

Anything I watch or read that frames a realistic portrait of sisters instantly assures I’m likely to be its biggest fan-girl (case in point, In Her Shoes, Austen stories and Little Women); the back-and-forth closeness contrasted with growing apart as time passes is such an accurate­ portrayal of life with sisters that this film actually made me tear up once or twice (yep, that’s right, a Disney movie made me misty-eyed) and left its viewer with nothing if not a joyful feeling. The progression of this script was brilliant and I had a great appreciation for the guessing game it engages us in. I wavered between the outcome of relationships though didn’t doubt everything would end tied up in a pretty package. 

Elsa’s character was probably the most complex; she was one of those characters we root for to choose good over bad and she’s a girl we know wants to use her powers for only the good, yet deep down she has a repressed desire to quit hiding and be “herself.” Anna is the counterpart to Elsa’s repressed feelings – Anna is open, warm, adventurous, kind-hearted and truly desirous to be close with her sister. It’s this character distinction that makes this movie so precious. As always, the supporting characters are just as phenomenal. Kristoff was a fun personality and seriously, I am not sure there is a more adorable, memorable side-kick than Olaf the snowman – things don’t get funny until that little guy shows up midway through the movie, or at least, not sweet enough until that point! I dare you not to fall in love with this little guy. *wink* As a friend said, we kind of want Olaf for a friend - after all, he likes "warm hugs." Aside from spontaneous bursts into song (which are beautiful by the way, I loved Elsa’s ‘Let it Go’), the movie is brilliant. The animation is gorgeous – the clothes, settings and characters themselves, and I adored the few moments that set up Anna and Elsa’s bond as children.

If you hold Tangled as one of your favorite Disney movies or you’re looking for something to see, take all of the little (and big – my mom and I both loved this one) girls in your family to see this! It’s irresistible. ❤️

(Rated PG for some mild "rude" comments and the "adventure" of the movie.)

44 comments

  1. I enjoyed this film very much, but I thought Olaf was a bit much. He didn't dampen the experience much for me, though. Loved Elsa -- she reminds me of myself, and not always in good ways!

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    1. Aw, sorry you weren't Olaf's biggest fan. :) I get what you're saying but I guess I was in the right mood or something - he tickled my funny bone every time he was on screen! Glad that didn't deter from the fun though and I loved both girls - they were quite different yet they loved one another unconditionally and it was a special relationship to experience. :)

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  2. This reminds me that I *still* haven't written up my review for Frozen! :)

    I adored this movie. I honestly wasn't expecting to love it, because I thought that another awesome princess movie after Tangled (one of my favorites) would be too much to ask for. But Disney is really upping their game with their films again, and I'm so glad!

    I loved Kristoff. I want him to be a real-life guy instead of an animated character. :) And I wasn't expecting to like Olaf as much as I did...I was thinking he'd be over-the-top cheesy, but he was hilarious.

    Anyway, hopefully I'll write more soon in my own review. But needless to say, I loved Frozen. :)

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    1. (Cannot wait to read your review, Kristin! I'll look for it next week... or whenever you have the time to write it. :D)

      Ditto! This movie was so sweet and equal to Tangled in terms of being "epic," yet at the same time, it was unique all on its own. Tangled is one of my favorites too and I suspect Frozen will find a place on the shelf with it.

      Tell me about it! I'd love to meet most of these characters - they would be fun to know and of course, I liked Kristoff being a "normal" guy. Aww, me, too! Olaf was the highlight of every scene... he was fabulous - those lines were just spot-on!

      Looking forward to Frozen's review - and thanks for stopping by to gush with me over this one!

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  3. I can't wait for this to come out on DVD!
    I loved Tangled so I know I will enjoy this:0)
    Thank you for reviewing it Rissi!!!!

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    1. Neither can I, Ella! It'd better arrive to DVD soon because I want to see it again. ;) If you liked Tangled, I'm confident this one will make a good impression too - it's so sweet.

      Thanks for sharing - and your new profile picture? It's so cute! :)

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    2. Thanks Rissi!
      Gotta love Tangled:)

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    3. Exactly! It's been way too long since last I watched it. Must remedy that. :)

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  4. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Rissi! I loved Frozen! I really appreciated how they focused on the sister relationship and they emphasized that "true love" isn't exclusive to romantic relationships. Definitely a new favorite Disney movie for me. :D

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    1. Me, too, Rosie! I figured I would but one never knows. Seeing the focus shift to a more familial relationship rather than romantic was nice - I love it when writer's "get" the dynamics between sisters. There is always going to be disagreements (especially when you're 100% opposite) but at the end of the day, you're always going to protect each other.

      Disney knows how to make 'em; after Tangled and Frozen, I cannot wait to see what comes next!

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  5. I've heard loads of great things about this movie and I'm pretty excited to watch it whenever it comes out on dvd. I have some curiosity as to whether or not I'll think it's as good (if not better than) as Tangled as everyone seems to be comparing Frozen to it. Either way, I'm sure that I'll enjoy it a lot! Great review Rissi!

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    1. I'm confident you will like it, Sara. Even if you still prefer Tangled, this movie is equally good in different ways - the sister relationship is precious, Olaf cute and the animation SPECTACULAR!

      Hope you love it, Sara - cannot wait to know what you think!

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  6. I saw Frozen two days ago and I loved it! I'm a big fan of Disney and thought they did very well with the movie. Olaf was hilarious. And like Rosie said above, I enjoyed the emphasis on the relationship between the sisters. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Rissi!

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    1. Yes! You liked it, too, Jillian?! So happy - after reading Amber's review, another friend saying she liked it and hearing my cousin talk about anticipating it, I figured it had to be a good bet. :)

      Olaf was my favorite... or today he is; this was one of those movies when I might switch between which character was the favorite. ;) Disney did an excellent job and yes, it was lovely to see a sister relationship as the focal point. That always "gets" me.

      Glad to get your thoughts, Jillian! :)

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  7. Glad to hear you got to watch it!!! As you read my review already, you already know my opinion and I'm happy to hear yours is the same as mine!

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    1. Me, too, Evelyn! I'm so excited - it met my expectations and then some. Love all these positive reviews because Disney does provide us with wholesome family, and enchanting entertainment. So sweet. :)

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed the film, Rissi! It is indeed a film for ladies of all ages-and for young men(my teenage brother enjoyed it quite a bit, lol). I've gone back and listened to some of the music from it, and I've actually downloaded some of it- I must of just needed a second listening to appreciate the songs more than I did at first.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Lovely. I'm glad your entire family - including your brother, enjoyed this movie, Grace. It is indeed a perfect family flick. All I've got is "Let it Go," though I suspect I'll buy more of the songs because they're pretty. :)

      Hope your weekend was wonderful, too, Grace!

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  9. I'm so glad you liked this movie! It's so much fun. The music was superb! We have the soundtrack now. Olaf and Sven are a great team. I loved Olaf's song about summer. I liked Brave, but the kiddo was scared of it. This was a good mix of everything, but not scary. It was also a good story on not falling for the first guy you meet! haha.

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    1. Ditto! It is SO much fun, Kate. I'd like to have the soundtrack and did take a peek when I was out shopping the other day though didn't see it. Perhaps I'll try again this week but I do have "Let it Go" which is beautiful. (Olaf's song was adorable!)

      All of the character's were great and each of the relationships are well rounded for an animated movie.

      Ooo! I forgot about Brave, Kate! That one was wonderful also though yes, I can see how kiddo would find it scary. Those bears!

      LOL, I love that, too, Kate - getting engaged with the first guy you meet isn't the wisest. ;)

      (BTW, LOVE your new profile pic. So pretty.)

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  10. Just got back from going to see this--loved it! Though I'm not sure it's on par with The Lion King, I think it's the best Disney princess film of all of them. I loved Kristoff--he was so sweet. And I really liked Elsa, too :) I also loved "Let it Go" and "For the First Time in Forever;" "Love is An Open Door" I liked less, but it was still cute, in spite of the fact that SPOILER Hans ends up being a jerk (which I knew prior to seeing it, so I wasn't surprised).

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    1. I probably like it better than The Lion King though I don't know production wise which is better; 'King' was never a favorite to begin with. :) Frozen is definitely the best princess film to come along in a long time. ...Although I do ADORE Tangled as well. ;) Kristoff was the perfect (real) gentleman as were all the character's great; I liked that Elsa was a "good" character where some other movies may have used her "hiding" who she is as a starter for being a bad character. Great picks for songs! Those were all sweet - I'm hoping to get the soundtrack.

      SPOILER: I hadn't read who was going to turn out bad vs. who was good, however for an animated Disney movie, I figured it was okay not to know the spoilers. ;) END

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  11. I only hear good things from this movie - can't wait to see it!

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    1. I'd only heard good things, too, Jamie - and those reviews "paid off." Loved Frozen; hope you get to see it soon. :)

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  12. A friend and I are hoping to go and see this soon, I really enjoyed 'Tangled', and from your review it sounds like I'll love this one!

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    1. Yay! Hope you and your friend enjoy, Sarah. If you liked Tangled, then indeed I'm sure you'll enjoy this one. :) Let me know what you think.

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  13. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too! Though Belle and Rapunzel remain my fave Disney princesses, Anna and Elsa certainly were worth the theater ticket!

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    1. Agreed; no matter what, this is worth a ticket price. So glad you liked it, Rachelle. Not sure who my favorite princesses are (though I'm told I was quite fond of The Little Mermaid) however I like all you mention and of course, Anna and Elsa are now in the running. :)

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  14. My daughter has been wanting to see this and your review makes me want to see it too!

    Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! : )

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    1. This movie is delightful, Cathy. I'm sure your daughter (and you!) would really enjoy it Hope you can see it soon.

      ...Happy New Year to you as well - hope 2014 is a good one for you and yours. :)

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  15. I watched this recently and enjoyed it.

    SPOILER! I knew there was something fishy about the prince. For all his kindness to Anna at the start, he seemed to be really pushing the love thing. And no wonder why!

    The songs are great (I really love Idina Menzel's voice).

    I like how the act of true love did not have to involve romantic love. For the past Disney Princesses films, it's always been about dreaming of a true love's kiss and Prince Charming's to sweep the princess off her feet and carry her into happy ever after. I'm glad this one showed about a deep, true kind of love between sisters. :)

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    1. So glad it was one you liked too, Alyssa. :)

      Spoiler: Honestly, I figured when Kristoff came in that Anna wouldn't end up with the prince but I shifted between thinking maybe he would fall for Elsa or vice versa, so I thought it was fun how Disney tricked us. Overall, I just felt like the back-and-forth possibility was great. End

      The songs ARE great. Hoping to nab the soundtrack soon.

      Have you ever seen Penelope? The ending of that is similar to this movie though it doesn't involve a second person like Frozen does. I think this movie does it a bit better. I agree; true the sister relationship was fantastic. Disney deserves applause for this. There is something for everyone - excitement, romance, love and all that jazz. :)

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    2. I thought that, too! Just like in Enchanted. :D Well, that was a great plot twist from Disney.

      I haven't seen Penelope yet. Is it a Disney animated film as well?

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    3. ...I LOVE Enchanted. It's been way too long since I watched it and now you've reminded me that I need to remedy it. ;)

      No, Penelope is a live-action film starring James McAvoy and Christina Ricci. It's very quirky but is one of my favorites. It's got a sweet message with plenty of cute rom-com moments. :)

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    4. Oooooh! I must see that! :D Talking about Enchanted makes me want to watch it again too! :D

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    5. Me, too, Alyssa. Enchanted is well, enchanting. Plus I LOVE the cast. ;) Here's hoping Disney makes that long-rumored sequel.

      Hope you enjoy Penelope if ever you see it.

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  16. I can't believe I hadn't already commented on this ;) I loved, loved, loved this movie. It's definitely one of my favorite Disney films now. My sister and I bought the soundtrack and haven't been able to stop listening to it!

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    1. I LOVELOVELOVE the soundtrack, Hayden (minus the opening music) and am hoping to find it at the store next time I get out and about. This movie was a favorite for me too and is one I'm snagging on DVD. So good. :)

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  17. I keep hearing so many good reviews of this movie. AHH! I need to go see it soon!! I've already listened to the soundtrack. haha

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    1. The reviews are all true, Raquel. Enjoy! :)

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  18. This was a cute movie with a sweet story (I loved the ending), although I was a little bit jarred by the different style of music. It seemed to be shifting more towards a modern "pop" style of song than your traditional disney music - especially "Let It Go." But I had to love the movie. I'm a big fan of realistic sisters stories too. I admit I teared up a little at the beginning and end of the movie. Just too close to home for me.

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    1. I think Tangled had some "pop" tunes, also, didn't it...? Not sure though I hadn't thought about the style of music being different. Other than the opening song (which just didn't fit), I enjoyed the music. 'Let it Go' was a favorite because it was so poignant whereas the other songs were just cute.

      Me, too! I am ANXIOUS for that March DVD release - like you say, the sister relationship was just lovely. :)

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