Frozen is an utter joy, and when leaving the theater, do not be surprised if you are walking a little higher due to the uplifting story, its soaring score and still chuckling from a little snowman named Olaf who steals scenes left and right.
Kristen Bell stars as Anna and she idolizes her big sister Elsa (Idina Menzel). They are royal siblings in a Scandinavian village living what appears to be a charmed life. And it is, made especially magical by Elsa’s gift. She and Anna often play in their house as the elder sister has the power to create snow and ice, to the absolute joy of Anna. When Elsa accidentally hurts Anna with this gift, her parents separate the two and send Elsa to her room to live in solitude for years.
The day comes though when Elsa is set to be made queen. She has learned to live with her gift, although she is still distant from her sister… for fear of hurting her again. As the coronation gets into full swing, something happens and Elsa turns her entire village into an icy landscape, stuck in a curse that only she can reverse. Horrified, she runs far away to live high in the mountains where she can harm no one.
Anna won’t accept it, and against everyone’s wishes, she heads out into the blizzard conditions to find her sister, bring her back to her rightful place on the throne and Anna hopes… reverse the curse.
Along the way, Anna meets Olaf and she knows she’s close to finding her sister. See, Olaf was the name of the snowman they used to make as children. Olaf is voiced by Josh Gad and he is a complete cad. He loses himself in the role and charms with his humor, cluelessness that is only eclipsed by his heart, and his songs that are hilarious and supremely heartfelt -- like the one about his love of summer. See, he’s oblivious that summer would melt him!
This wouldn’t be a Disney princess movie if there wasn’t romance, and believe us, there is plenty. But at its heart, Frozen is a sisterly story about the love between two siblings and how one would go to the ends of the earth for the other.
Bell is magical, and for many who didn’t know she could sing, her vocal prowess is astounding. She simply loses herself in the role, and it seems like the actress was born to voice a Disney character, particularly this Disney character. And Menzel, we could not be happier for her. The actress and singer, who first gained notice in the Tony Award-winning Wicked, has her platform to break out onto a larger stage with Frozen. And when she belts out Let it Go, you can bet you just heard the Oscar winner for Best Original Song.
The entire score is nothing short of brilliant. The team behind The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q have scored in their Disney debut. The songs feel fresh and are catchy beyond belief while also pushing the story to new heights.
This Frozen review has to state that Disney has crafted a marvel of modern movie making that will be an utter joy for audiences of all ages. There is something for everyone on every single frame of Frozen. It is also a film that needs to be seen again… and again.