Ariana St. Pierre – Art editor
Disney’s “Frozen” is a remarkably beautiful animated musical. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” the film takes place in the fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle. Arendelle’s young princess, Elsa (Idina Menzel), was born with the ability to create snow and ice. However when Elsa accidentally hurts her younger sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), while playing, the frightened king and queen decide to isolate their oldest daughter from the world and pressure her to control her powers for fear she may harm someone and the world may not accept her.
Several years pass and it is now time for the grown Elsa to become queen. At Elsa’s coronation, people from all over the kingdom come to Arendelle to meet the new queen. This gives Anna a chance to meet new people as well. She is introduced to Prince Hans (Santino Fontana), who Anna immediately falls head over heels for.
Unfortunately, during the coronation Elsa loses control of her powers and terrifies the inhabitants of the kingdom. She inadvertently sparks an eternal winter when she flees for the mountains. It is now up to Anna and ice selling mountain man, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), to find Elsa and thaw the land.
Walt Disney Animation Studios can add “Frozen” to the list of their triumphs. The film constantly pulls on the heartstrings. The visuals are spectacularly beautiful, the themes are relevant, and characters are well done. The musical numbers are catchy and finely crafted for the most part.
Jennifer Lee scripted “Frozen” and also codirected the film. Lee’s screenplay touches on some relevant social topics like the dangers of social isolation and what modern romantic relationships are like. It is also refreshing to have a true love concept that doesn’t have to do with finding a mate, but rather that family is more important than a boyfriend. However, the ending of the film seems a little rushed but that is a relatively minor flaw. It is all portrayed in a rather mature manner that will please older viewers, while still entertaining the kids.
Bell’s performance as Anna was terrific. She was able to instill Anna with a bubbly personality, making her quirky, charming, and utterly adorable. Menzel is brilliant as Elsa. She captures Elsa’s emotional ups and downs as well as singing so beautifully that it will leave you speechless. Groff is great at playing the adorably sweet, oddball Kristoff. His knack for communicating with his pet reindeer, Sven, is hilarious. Supporting characters like Olaf (Josh Gad), the enchanted snowman, add great comic relief and Pabbie (Ciaran Hinds), the leader of a clan of rock trolls, are great additions to the cast.
Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the lyrics for the film. Not all of the songs are winners. For example the trolls’ song “Fixer Upper” is a tad ridiculous and really has no purpose for being sung. However the majority of the songs are superb. The song “Frozen Heart” was a great way to begin the film and Menzel’s “Let It Go” is heart stopping and will send chills down your spine.
“Frozen” is yet another great addition to the Disney collection. It is witty and heartfelt with creative songs and outstanding visuals. It will surely melt your heart.