Frozen: Movie Review
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Disney continues their legacy of animated fairy tale movies with a new icy adventure, Frozen. Based on stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Frozen is undoubtedly Disney, but also breaks with tradition in some ways.
Like The Little Mermaid (also based off Hans’ work), Frozen tells the story of a curious young princess and is full of catchy songs. Reminiscent of Tangled, Disney’s last fairy tale release, Frozen is digitally animated, about a girl who feels trapped and offers moviegoers a lesson about love (with a twist).
THE MOVIE IN A MINUTE
Adventure awaits Princess Anna. She can feel it, though she’s never been able to experience life beyond the castle walls. On the day of her older sister Elsa’s coronation, Anna gets her chance to explore her kingdom of Arendelle. After an icy winter unleashes on the kingdom, Anna sets off on a perilous journey to find Elsa, who has retreated into the mountains. While racing against the elements to save Arendelle, Anna comes upon mystical trolls, a funny little snowman named Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his trusty reindeer, Sven.
THE GOOD AND BAD IN FROZEN
In typical Disney fashion, this animated fairy tale references magic. Elsa can conjure up snow and ice. This ‘curse’ plays a major role in developing conflict that moves the story and Elsa’s relationship with her sister, Anna. Parents should know that at one point magical trolls are sought out for counsel when Elsa’s ‘gift’ becomes dangerous.
What you might be surprised to hear is that Frozen has a great moral and even spiritually inclined message of self-sacrifice. The Disney fairy tale builds up the heroine character. This princess isn’t waiting on a prince to save the day. Also, it teaches girls and boys about what true love means, touching on all of the relationships we treasure, family and finding the love of a prince.
Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor, Frozen is fairly clear of objectionable content. However, parents of young kids should be mindful that some of the ‘scary’ scenes (the snow monster for example) might be too much for the little, little ones.
IN THE END
Frozen doesn’t reach Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid greatness, but it does offer Disney fans a great family movie experience.
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