Review: ‘Frozen’

It has been a long time coming, but I have finally seen ‘Frozen’. It was pretty much the last showing for the film where I lived, so I was lucky. The title is pretty apt as well, considering it is so cold at the moment, but that goes on a whole new tangent.

‘Frozen’ follows the story of two sisters. One, Elsa, has the ability to freeze things – making it snow or creating magnificent ice castles, a gift she fears above all else. The other, Anna, has no idea of her sister’s powers, instead believing Elsa to just be shutting everyone out and not understanding why. There are some great twists and moments that will leave you in tears or in fits of laughter.

In true Disney fashion, there are plenty of songs throughout the film to bring the story forward, provide deeper insight into the characters’ thoughts and feelings, and get stuck in your head. My current favourite is ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’, but it changes regularly. Within these songs, and the rest of the film, there are several moments that poke fun at ‘classic Disney’ films, for instance marrying someone you just met because of true love.

The characters are thrilling. Each one is distinct, with their own quirks and personalities. It is not hard to find one that you can relate to. This only makes it harder to hold in your tears later in the film, when these characters are put in the most heart-wrenching of circumstances. The only characters that I was not a bit fan of were the trolls. Their first appearance was good; their second – not so much.

‘Frozen’ is definitely a film I would recommend. As someone who was brought up on ‘classic Disney’ films like ‘Lion King’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this was essentially a trip down memory lane, but with added thrills along the way. There is something in the film for everyone – old fans and new, even those who are not great Disney fans at all. I spent the entire film laughing or crying or just sitting in amazement at what was unfolding before me. Watch out for the Easter Eggs, and subtle foreshadowing, ‘Frozen’ is packed with them. Certainly a film to watch again.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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