-Review- Frozen

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Disney’s 2013 Winter-themed story about two sisters, Elsa and Anna, quickly become a smash-hit and has been nominated for two  Academy Awards. Based on a fairy tail like most disney movies this one was based on “The Snow Queen”. The movie features Kristen Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Josh Gad as Olaf, Jonathan Groff as Kritsoff, and Santino Fontana as Prince Hans. The music was by Christopher Beck, and is the main high light of the movie. Check out the trailer here if you haven’t seen it yet.

[this review will not have any spoilers]

When I left the theater after seeing frozen a few things were in my mind, the plot was a bit weak, but the graphics were amazing. But what stuck with me the most were the songs. The most well-known song from Frozen is “Let it Go” (sung by Idina Menzel) and has been nominated for “Best Original Song” in the 86th Academy Awards.

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I guess I should’ve explained the plot a bit first. The story revolves around sisters Anna and Elsa, who have been distant for a long while. Elsa, has a magical ability to create ice and snow, which becomes a danger to the kingdom of Arendelle and her sister, and therefore keeps this power hidden. When her coronation comes her power gets exposed and flees the kingdom, freezing all of Arendelle in the process. Anna runs off to find her sister, and bring back summer.

What made Frozen interesting was it didn’t have the stereotypical villain, not a witch, evil queen, beast, or any sort of monster. Nope, Frozen’s villain was much less…expected. Actually in Frozen’s case the villain to everyone in Arendelle is really Elsa, but the story doesn’t portray her as an evil witch or horrible woman. Another thing was it didn’t have that common “Disney Princess” ending. Rather than the prince rushing into the castle and saving the princess, this story focused more on Anna bringing Elsa to her senses instead of a “knight in shining armor”.

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The characters in Frozen were extremely lovable! Elsa, an introverted and misunderstood young woman driven through fear throughout the movie. And her sister Anna, a bubbly, outgoing (yet awkward), and able to persist through hardships with her fearlessness and courage.  There’s a pretty good amount of character development during the movie. During the song “Let it Go” Elsa is at conflict with herself whether she should “conceal, don’t feel” or just “let it go”. And obviously, she doesn’t “hold it back anymore” (hooray for lyrics!). At the end of the musical number Elsa goes from her “perfect” self (hair all neat, in her coronation outfit) to a more free person.

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(note: this is supposed to be a gif but I’m not sure it’ll work…)

Some thing else that made Frozen unique was that it had a lot of real life issues tied within it. Elsa’s feeling of not being able to be who she was and instead held it back to be “the good girl” is similar to how some people may feel like they can’t be who they want to be because of what other people may think. Both characters are great role models and we can easily relate to them.

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And finally, the music. Each and everyone of the songs in this movie were outstanding! Some of them include, Do You Want to Build a Snowman (a number performed by Kristen Bell and Agatha Lee Monn), For the First Time in Forever (performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel), Love is an Open Door (performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana, Let it Go (performed by Idina Menzel), In Summer (performed by Josh Gad), and For the First Time in Forever Reprise (performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel)

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Well that’s it for the review! Thanks for reading and if you haven’t already I hope you’ll check out Frozen!

-Tsuntaku

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