November 27, 2013
Dir. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Prod. Peter Del Vecho
Genre: Computer-Animated Musical Fantasy
Based On: The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana
Alright, so I’m going to bet that when you saw the title of this review you either went, “Yes! Frozen!” or, “Oh no, not Frozen…” Me? I’m the first one, I love Frozen. A little relative of mine also loves Frozen which is why I’m reviewing it today.
Even if you haven’t seen this movie I’m going to assume you’ve heard of it since it was pretty much the biggest thing since sliced bread for pretty much all of last year and a good portion of this year. the hype seems to have died down a bit, but with Halloween and Christmas coming up I’m betting Olaf will be rising from the dead.
There are so many things about this film that make it amazing. The animation is brilliant, the music is wonderful, and it’s absolutely hilarious. That’s not to say I liked everything about the film, there’s one thing in particular that sticks out in my mind that I wasn’t crazy about, but I’ll get to that in just a minute.
Let’s start with the music which is probably the thing everyone knows best from this Disney movie.
The Frozen soundtrack is everywhere. Seriously, there are conspiracies about the government trying to brainwash people with radio waves, even the government couldn’t do as good a job as Frozen did with “Let It Go”.
I was working at a summer camp the summer after Frozen was released and every child ages four and five knew the words to “Let It Go”. Some of them even knew the words to the other songs! The music is just so catchy.
I will admit that when I walked out of the theatre after seeing Frozen I was humming the music and I immediately went home and looked up the songs on Youtube because they’re just really good. I don’t know what it is. Disney movies always have great music, but for some reason this soundtrack is just in everyone’s heads.
I heard “Let It Go” on the radio the other day as I was driving to a friend’s house and I turned it up and I was just jamming along and it was great. Whether it’s the amazing lyrics or the breathtaking voice of Idina Menzel, I’m not sure, but it’s a great song.
But of course, it’s not the only song in the movie so let’s move on to the others shall we? There are eight other main songs (meaning not the instrumental songs) on the soundtrack.
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
“For the First Time in Forever”
“Love is an Open Door”
“Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People”
“For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)”
I love all these songs and I don’t think I could pick a favourite. They’re fun, they’re catchy, the singers are brilliant, and they’re just so memorable. Seriously, go listen to one of these songs and tell me it doesn’t get stuck in your head.
Now, I did actually have an issue with the music in this film and that issue is that the music pretty much takes place only in the first half of the film. Seven of the songs and “Let It Go” take place in the first half and then the only song that really happens during the second half of the film is “Fixer Upper”. I love the music, but I wish it had been a bit more spread out through the film.
Honestly though, this is only a tiny thing in a film that is absolutely brilliant. The animation is great. The characters have individual little stray hairs and the snowflakes looked so real. I will never stop being impressed with the technology and the artists who create these things.
Not only that, but the writers did an amazing job. This humour in this film is non-stop, especially with Olaf.
Olaf is my absolute favourite character in this film. I even created a life size cut out of him when I was at uni as a decoration for my dorm’s lounge.
He’s funny and sarcastic and his lines were the best in the whole film.
The worst character was definitely Hans. I saw someone on Tumblr once describe him as being like a villain out of Game of Thrones and I’d say this is a pretty accurate description. He was going to slice Elsa with a sword! If Anna hadn’t got in the way and turned to ice when she did she’d be dead or Elsa would be dead and it would’ve been a whole different kind of movie.
They would’ve needed a higher rating for that.
Frozen is great. I know a lot of people are sick of it, but it is genuinely a great film. If you have little relatives watch it with them. The songs may annoy you and you may be sick of hearing about Frozen, but their excitement is so adorable.
Or, if you’re really sick Frozen, go look up some of the parodies on “Let It Go”. There are so many out there, I’ve heard a ton and they’re all hilarious.
The Hillywood Show did one based on Lord of the Rings and you can watch the video below.
There’s also this one which is called the ‘Honest Exams Version’ and I don’t recommend it for small children as it does contain lots of cursing, but hey, it’s about exams so what do you expect?
If you haven’t seen Frozen yet I seriously recommend watching it. It’s a brilliant film and it isn’t nearly as annoying as all the merchandise makes it seem.
If you have seen Frozen let me know what you thought!