By Lauren Abbot
With all the hype surrounding Disney’s “Frozen,” some are questioning if the franchise’s newest flick is as good as people say it is. With its constant witty wisecracks that leave the audience laughing and its brilliant original compositions, I will be the first to tell you that this movie is all they say it is and more.
The story centers around a lovable princess named Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and her sister, Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), who has power over snow and ice. They have grown up isolated in a castle after Anna’s childhood brush with death. Elsa’s powers have been kept secret from everyone, including Anna, and when they are accidentally exposed at her coronation, she runs away, freezing the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter. Anna embarks on a journey to find her sister and bring back summer, and meets a colorful cast of characters along the way. Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven balance out Anna’s optimism. Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) is an adorable snowman who is obsessed with summer. With such a charming cast of characters, it’s hard not to fall in love with the movie.
The script is very well written and filled with jokes that not only have the children giggling, but their parents as well. The screenwriters were incredibly clever in weaving in plenty of jokes to engage the whole theater, and the animators did a fantastic job bringing the scenes to life.
No detail was left out; each snowflake had its own individual pattern, and the character’s expressions convey exactly what they’re feeling. The animation is beautifully constructed, allowing the audience to step into a new world.
Original scores fill this Disney film, but it’s more than just your average musical. The songs are as clever as the dialogue, keeping the audience engaged throughout the movie, and both Bell and Menzel produce beautiful vocals, not that anyone would expect anything less from a cast of Broadway greats.
Once you watch this movie, you’ll begin to play the soundtrack on repeat and sing the songs while walking around campus.
“Frozen,” while good enough before any twists and turns, also is the most unpredictable Disney movie I’ve ever seen. Almost every children’s movie follows a direct pattern; they’re completely predictable. However, with this tale, Disney creates a movie with an incredible twist ending that will have the whole audience holding their breath.
I think it’s safe to say that audiences everywhere will love Disney’s newest animated adventure, regardless of age or gender. Disney was spot on with this one, giving us a story that will be cherished for ages. Despite “Frozen’s” chilly title, you’ll leave the theater with a warm heart.