Movie Review: Frozen

Disney kicked off the Christmas season with its release of the animated movie Frozen. After hitting the box office in November alongside Catching Fire, Frozen captivated the hearts of both children and adults.

Frozen tells the story of a naive princess named Anna and her journey to find her older sister Elsa, whose magical powers have put the kingdom in a permanent icy state. Anna leaves the kingdom in the hands of Prince Han, a man she is engaged to, although she only met him not long before her departure.

On her journey, she finds help from a mountain man named Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven. Meanwhile, Elsa remains oblivious to the outside world and the eternal winter she caused. The movie follows Elsa’s struggle to conceal her powers, which she is unable to control, by shutting people out of her life, including Anna. Frozen not only tells the heartwarming story of two sisters, but portrays a message of real love.

After it was release, Frozen’s box office earnings soon surpassed $300M, making it the second highest grossing Disney movie besides Lion King. In my opinion, the lovable snowman Olaf steals the show with his humorous dialogue and jolly appearance. Olaf helps Anna and Kristoff bring summer back, completely unaware of what will happen to him in the summer. He even risks his life trying to save Anna from freezing to death. When Anna warns Olaf to get away from the fire, he responds, “Some people are worth melting for.” Since the movie opened, I have seen this quote used numerous times on Instagram posts, along with pictures of Frozen movie tickets from outings with friends and family.

[one_third]The songs are catchy and inspiring, and one can easily get addicted to singing them.[/one_third]

I have also heard people singing “Do you want to build a snowman?” around school and seen students looking up YouTube videos for the song “Let It Go”. To me, the soundtrack for Frozen is by far the best Disney movie soundtrack; the songs are catchy and inspiring, and one can easily get addicted to singing them. Actors Kristen Bell (Anna) and Idina Mendel (Elsa) not only prove they can act but that they can also sing. I think they have outdone themselves by bringing life and passion to each scene in the movie.

Frozen not only captivated kids and teens with the usual Disney magic we can expect, but also showcased life lessons that parents want their children will learn. Elsa and Anna are two sisters who, in the beginning of the movie, were inseparably close. Elsa’s powers however caused her to become totally isolated from everyone, including Anna. In the end, the love of family prevails, saving Elsa’s life. In contrast, Prince Hans’ true motive—to take over the throne—for marrying Anna is eventually exposed. Frozen conveys the message that true love isn’t instant or a feeling, but putting someone’s needs before your own.

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