Disney’s latest feature film Frozen hits theaters today. My family was able to preview this film a few days ago. I think you’ll agree that Frozen is a great holiday film.
Here’s the official statement:
In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad)in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
The first thing you’ll see in this movie is the famous short. In Get A Horse, you’ll feel like you’ve been taken back to a time when Walt Disney himself was in charge. The theater erupted in laughter several times, so I’d definitely could this as a hit!
Once the film begins, you’ll immediately notice how beautiful the imagery is. Once you get beyond that, you’ll be mesmerized by soundtrack. Several times, I thought to myself “I can’t wait to buy this album.” Not for the hit pop single by Demi Lavato (“Let it Go”), but for the amazing orchestral score and the OTHER songs that will never hit the radio. They are amazing.
As the credits rolled, Don and I jumped from our seats when we saw that the songs were written and composed by husband and wife team Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. They are also the masterminds behind Nemo-The Musical at Animal Kingdom. This is, by far, our most favorite show on Disney property. If you love this show, you’ll love the music in Frozen. Here’s a link to the soundtrack to Frozen (Deluxe). Amazon is offering this as a CD with a free mp3 download! That’s an awesome deal!
In Frozen, you meet two beautiful sister princesses – Anna and Elsa. They are beautiful with gorgeous, captivating eyes and incredible singing voices. The script introduces them so well and gives us a great glimpse of their relationship and history together. The writers do such a great job of pulling you into the sister-bond. You will be grasped into the story for the rest of the movie.
We all agreed that our favorite character in the movie was the snowman Olaf (played by Josh Gad). Olaf gained fame because he, along with reindeer, Sven were featured in the trailer. He was so funny. Not that corny-I-can’t-believe-I’m-laughing-at-this funny, but clean comedy. I won’t give it away, but there is a one liner that Olaf has with the Marshmellow monster that my kids have quoted at least 1,000 times since we saw it!
This film is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s book The Snow Queen which I am not familiar with. I caught myself – about half way through the film – thinking that I had it figured out. I’m so glad that I stayed tuned in. I most definitely did not expect the twist that occurred.
Everyone loves a good Disney love story, but I dare say the “love” that saves this story is the best I’ve seen in a while. I can’t say much more than that without giving away the twist, but it’s a nice change of pace.
Watching Frozen from a parent’s perspective was great. I only got one elbow from Piper, because Olaf says “butt”. We say “bottom” in our house, but other than that – you need not worry about the language or violence. You can sit back and just enjoy.
In closing, I’ll say that Frozen is a perfect Christmas release for Disney. It’s not my favorite Disney movie, but it is certainly the best one since Tangled.
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Yes.
Is it worth seeing in 3-D? It definitely had some great parts in 3-D. If you can afford it, yes. If not, then you’ll still really enjoy it.
For more information on Frozen, visit their official movie site or Facebook page.
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* My family was provided with tickets for this movie free of charge. I was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.