Disney’s Frozen is everything it should be.
They’re known for princesses, love stories, charming humor, lovable animal characters and whimsy – with all of these, their latest film succeeds. Going into it I was unsure: the trailer was just okay and my friends had expressed a similar lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, it’s a Disney movie and I have a soft spot for Disney, plus there were good reviews after its release.
My screening concluded with a Q&A with directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho. Buck explained that he wanted to look at the difference between real love and romantic love and said, “Romantic love is like the first six months of a relationship, then the real stuff hits.” This mentality comes out in the story of Frozen, but remains positive. What we see in this movie is a more progressive look at a princess – sure, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) thinks she’s in love with Prince Hans (voiced by Santino Fontana) the first day she meets him, but as the film goes on she finds there is a much more important love. Alongside this come the characters of Anna’s sister Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) who introduces the struggle between fear and love, and Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) who is the handsome hero from a humble upbringing.
And what would a Disney movie be without adorable non-human characters? In comes Kristoff’s endlessly cute reindeer Sven, who never says a word but still fills the role of Kristoff’s best friend and confidant. And the real surprise for me, the snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) – I wasn’t sure I would love the character, but his charm won me over, especially with his love song to summer. Then there’s the trolls, Kristoff’s surrogate family, who are the perfect balance of charming and embarrassing (as families can be). Plus the young trolls are adorable – for example, one exclaims upon seeing Kristoff, “Look, I grew a mushroom!”
Frozen is the perfect movie to go see with your family this holiday season. It has snow, reindeer (well, one), an animated snowman and a charming story of love, strength and optimism that is much needed, especially with all the festivity throughout November and December.