Review: “Frozen”


“Frozen” was on fire.

Okay, so the plot takes place in an icy wonderland, but the movie, despite its lack of hype prior to release, was a hit.

“Frozen” follows the tale of two young sisters (Disney has amped up the princess-per-fairytale ratio) who are best friends in the kingdom of Arendelle. The older sister Elsa is gifted with a magical power: the ability to create cold (in the forms of ice, snow, sleet, you name it) with a mere touch or willing of her mind. As much a gift as a curse, one poorly aimed shot of coldness that hits Anna, the younger sister, reveals the extent of the danger of Elsa’s power.

As the girls grow up, they grow apart. Anna becomes a courageous optimist and Elsa a reserved elder as she keeps herself locked away in fear of unleashing her power. Anna’s inspiring positivity and totally realistic just-got-out-of-bed look make her a fan favorite. In the midst of Elsa’s coronation day festivities, foreigners attempt to pry into Elsa’s secrets while Anna rashly accepts a marriage proposal, causing Elsa to release a disastrous and uncontrollable outburst of cold that blankets Arendelle in winter. She flees to the mountains, cold following her wake and performs the commendable ballad “Let It Go” in her bout of independence.

The rest of “Frozen” follows Anna in her quest to retrieve her sister and ultimately save the kingdom from permanent frost and an even colder tyrant. The motives are cliché, but the characters are not. Along the way, Anna obtains companions Kristoff, an ice-selling outdoorsman; Sven, Kristoff’s trusty, carrot-consuming reindeer; and Olaf, the friendliest, cutest, most innocent snowman possibly to have ever been formed.

If you’re a musical person, this movie is perfect for you. If you’re not a musical person, don’t worry, this movie is still for you; most of the songs are brief. And, similar to Disney’s “Tangled,” “Frozen” has a surprisingly relatable sense of humor. From Olaf’s shenanigans to Anna’s honest remarks, “Frozen” keeps the whole gang laughing (even my teenage brother chuckled at a few scenes).

If you’re not convinced by Disney’s inevitable romance or the inspiring triumph of sisters (if you are in a fight with your sister, this is the perfect movie to see by the way. You will totally love each other again by the end.), then for the sake of Olaf (seriously, he’s adorable), watch this movie. Disney has done it again, and you will not regret seeing it.