Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Disney’s Frozen

Directed by: Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s up) and Jennifer Lee
Written by: Jennifer Lee (Wreck it Ralph)
Principal Actors: Kristen Bell (Serious Moonlight, Couples Retreat, When in Rome), Idina Menzel (Wicked, If/Then, Glee), Jonathan Groff (Glee, Spring Awakening), Josh Gad (She wants me, Jobs)

So last year, Walt Disney, being true to what we grew up as kids loving them for; there’s always a happy village, there’s always a fair princess, she’s in need of a kiss of true love to make everything fall into place and lots and lots of singing. This time they decided to mix things up a bit and they came up with the movie Frozen. And here are our thoughts about the movie. Enjoy.

Synopsis
Frozen loosely based on Hans Christain Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” tells the story of two princesses Elsa and Anna from the kingdom of Arendelle, a mountain man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and the summer loving snowman Olaf. I guess you are asking how are they all intertwined.

When a princess traps the whole of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Princess Anna, fearless and quite the optimist must travel up the North Mountain to convince her sister Elsa to come back to Arendelle. She must remove the kingdom from the eternal winter, which she unknowingly cast upon the kingdom. On her way, Anna teams up a thrill-seeking mountain man named Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven and they are later joined by Olaf a snowman.

Script
We all are used to the cliche fairytale movies usually with the ever so present hint of mushy love involved. This of course had it but in a much more different light. The script of the movie by far has to be one of the best I’ve seen from Walt Disney studios since its renaissance era, it was developed mainly by Jennifer Lee (remember the incredibly amazing Wreck-It-Ralph, yeah, she was on the team of writers behind the movie). It was cleverly and neatly written with its characters well defined. It had quite a number of lessons to teach its audience and was filled with lots and lots of songs that will have you singing along. What I loved most was the music which was penned by husband and wife, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. It had a lovely ring to it that kinda stuck. It gave me childhood memories of Mulan, Lion King and the other great animations. Also, seeing Anna’s personality was developed in time and yet her character still remained the same. Then the scene depicting Elsa’s transformation…breathtakingly-amazing.

This was in a nutshell a fun and witty package for me.

The Directing
Director Chris Buck is no newbie to the animated movie industry and his works span major animated works such as Tarzan, & Surf’s up, he has also been responsible for developing characters in movies such as Pocahuntas and The Little Mermaid. His work here in Frozen speaks for itself.

Jennifer Lee who on the other hand is kinda new on the scene has had her hands on some very good projects such as Wreck It Ralph and this already and seems to be heading in the right direction.

The most catchy scenes were the ones with singing in them. Most especially Olaf’s summer song with the witty and more interestingly unknown to the character’s use of wordplay. From the first scene of the mountain men to the scene of Elsa and Anna’s relationship drawing apart to the point of Elsa’s transformation. Those scenes were the best of the lot.

Of course I can’t not mention the full graphics put into this movie. Solid to the touch.

The Acting
One thing I’ve noticed about animated movies is how the voice-actors/actresses somewhat have a striking similarity to the characters they represent. It still amazes me. Epic for one got me, especially Queen who’s voice was Beyonce Knowles’.

In this case however, apart from the familiar faces (and voices) of Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, a new string of acts where put together who still did quite an amazing job.

The rendition of Sisterhood by the characters Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice for Idina Menzel) had a realistic touch to it.

Olaf who was supposedly the comedy-relief (as we have in basically all animated movies) was a tad less hilarious than I hoped for. Of course the kids in the hall laughed hard but I guess it was the sole idea of seeing a talking snowman obssessed about summer or maybe its just the fact that they are kids and probably downed a lot of popcorn and bottles of coke. *shrug*

The Verdict
I have always been a lover of cartoons and anything animated. Whoever came up with the notion that cartoons are for tiny tots alone thought the most ridiculous thing ever *folding arms*

But, this gets a Popcorn and Hotdog from me. (I am pretty sure M.Y wont be happy about it not getting more.)
Sodas & Popcorn Rating3I wanted more. Much more cause I was pretty excited to see it. But then it was too short a movie and I just felt they could’ve put more in between. But it is totally and absolutely worth your penny and time. So take the entire family out this weekend to go see it.

It would be nice to have a sequel to Frozen. Something that would give us a larger glimpse of the Snow Queen. And a lot more to Anna as well. Hidden powers maybe?  Who knows?

So, have you seen it and what do you think about the movie? Do let us know in the comments box below.
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8 Comments on Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Disney’s Frozen
  • whocares January 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    This movie was suuuch a drag. I love Disney movies.. In fact, I love most children’s movies and cartoons etc , but I did not enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed some other Disney movies. The story line is not spectacular.. its merely ok. No, it was boring. For me it was like people at Disney just decided to slap a movie together for Christmas. My brothers enjoyed it especially in 3D.. So for kids I suppose its ok, but an adult? you are better off watching it on Putlocker. (also all that ice in the movie.. I felt the constant urge to pee whilst watching the movie) .

  • Uwa January 9, 2014 at 4:37 am

    this movie and the soundtrack…AMAZING!!!! My hubby a full
    grown ADULT, loved it. dont be cynical, its a cartoon so go in with
    that mindset. it was not merely ok. Its not about boy and girl
    falling in love or hero saving the day but about women bonding,
    celebrating female empowerment. whatever you get from it!! i loved
    all the songs especially the song about building a
    snowman.

  • Harry January 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

    This movie was FUN to watch and it wasn’t a cliche. Most Disney animated flicks always follow a particular format but this one… this one was different and kids will be able to relate with it more than the classics sef… It was good film and Let it Go is my jam lol

  • Mz Socially Awkward... January 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

    WHAT?? You didn’t like Olaf??? How is that possible????! He cracked me up and I loved the movie in general. Yes, you may have a point about Disney not doing more with the potential the whole script and characters had but I think that’s due to me having too much of an adult mindset and I had to pause and remember it was a movie for kids so that helped me go better with the flow.

    • whocares January 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      lool. I absolutely loved Olaf a snowman obsessed with sun who wouldnt!! lool. He was my favourite character in the movie, but I went with such high hopes.. Tangled, Princess and the Frog, Up.. Compared to these movies and a host of others I found it wanting, and I thoroughly enjoy kids movies.. Movies rated 15 and below are my first choice of movies to watch before I consider more “adult choice” but Frozen was just ok. Usually Disney movies have no problem bridging the adult-kid gap so it cant be that.. My brothers even forgot I took them to watch it when they were writing their holiday journal for school!

  • Nilla January 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I loved the movie! I am crazy about cartoons..The musical was great, and Olaf made it fun. Oh silly Olaf! …*singing*…In summer i will be(pause) a happy snowman! lol…

  • gaby January 11, 2014 at 12:22 am

    elsa was my favorite character and is my favorite Disney princess. olaf was cute but kinda annoying at times.

  • Momof2DisneyLovers March 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I thought Frozen was a wonderful movie! The characters were well-developed, the music had my kids singing for days, and Olaf was adorable. My favorite aspect of the movie was that it’s the FIRST Disney movie where the princess didn’t wait for a prince to save her. She saved herself with an act of true love toward a family member. It promotes values that are rapidly becoming lost, and tossed away the “damsel in distress” notion that only a man can save you. I hope they make a sequel, too! We’ll be first in line to see it!

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