A prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
So what do you get when you combine a talking snowman, two princesses, a couple of castles and a reindeer? Well it can only be the latest offering from Disney, Frozen. Nicely released in time for Christmas I might add. Although this film isn’t set at Christmas or even about Christmas, its inclusion of all things wintery can’t help but exude that festive feeling.
Is Frozen classic Disney? That, I’m not too sure of. It certainly had all the aspects of what we have come to love about Disney. This movie does feature songs; I wasn’t actually aware of this before watching it but quickly realised it as the first half of the film is laden with tunes. The singing was great as usual with some cracker songs featuring. Look out for ‘Let It Go’ a personal highlight for me.
The singing does tail off towards the end and the story takes precedence so you get the best of both worlds in this respect. However, for the duration of the film all I could really think about was that Frozen was really Ice Age meets Shrek. Although, this didn’t detract from my enjoyment.
You will think that you have Frozen sussed and to a point you probably will. It is highly predictable in parts but then also surprisingly refreshing in others. The latter making up for its unoriginality in sections. The reason that it is able to feature both of these aspects is most likely down to its length; I thought it was quite long for an animated film, almost reaching the two hour barrier. What makes it easy to endure its running time, is the characters that feature: Olaf the talking snowman being one of the best. I just loved the whole idea of this quite naïve snowman yearning to experience the heat of summer blissfully unaware of the consequences that it would hold for him.
Olaf was one of many endearing characters in Frozen. Disney are so good at creating these characters and still manage to recreate ones in each of their new films. However, one thing that did puzzle me was why the reindeer, Sven, couldn’t talk? Just about everything else in Frozen and all other Disney films can talk so why not this character. Although we have to remember that Frozen is a predominantly a film for children, so I don’t think it’s wise to get too caught up on details like this.
Of course Frozen does also deliver some humour, not as much as we have become used to with past films – however, there are a couple of scenes which are very funny. Look forward to the scene in which Anna and Kristoff meet properly for the first time, it was very well done. Of course the songs are another avenue in which humour is delivered although I felt that this could have been exploited slightly more, although it’s always better to leave the viewer wanting more than to overdo it.
I don’t think Frozen will go down in Disney history as anything that special. However, because of its festive value I’m sure it will not be easily forgotten as it is bound to make appearances from Christmases to come from now on. A solid effort from Disney but it is going to take more than this to get back to the Disney we really love.