I know, this movie has been out quite some time now, but still, I got to see it last week and I REALLY want to talk about it. I've watched virtually every animated Disney movie in existance; even Meet The Robinsons, and I can safely say, that this is one of the best Animated Disney films EVER, hell, it can even be the best one, I'd have to re-visit Beauty and The Beast and The Lion King to be sure, but that's another story. How is the movie?
On a superficial level this is a BEAUTIFUL movie. What I mean is that visually this movie is stunning, the ice effects look amazing the textures look incredible but the real "Cake Taker" is the snow effects, the snow in this movie looks BEAUTIFUL. It looks so life like but never to the point where it seems out of place, it fits perfectly with the rest of the designs. Speaking of designs, I want to touch on something really quick. If you notice, the character designs in this movie are very diverse, sizes, heads, facial expressions, everything... Except for our main leads, Anna and Elsa. This bothers me a bit. All the other characters: Kristoff, Hans, Olaf, that Duke voiced by Alan Tudyk, they are all uniquely designed, but Anna and Elsa's models are the same, just with a different hairstyle and eye color. REally guys? YOu couldn't diverse a bit? Maybe have one with fatter cheeks or a different nose? Another thing Anna and Elsa don't really go out of model when it comes to facial expressions, they always stay... Prett, there's no exploration of their faces, Disney animators have said that it's because Disney doesn't have that much experience with animating Female Characters... Half-Bullshit. (Beauty and The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, etc) All female leads, a bunch of experience there, but I am just nitpicking, let's get to the story
THE STORY IS GREAT, and at this point that is kind of hard to say about a Disney movie animated or not, most of the time characters and plot points happen for no other reason than convenience to the plot, but in this movie, I am hard pressed looking at a moment that happened out of pure convenience, it all felt natural and nothing felt phoned in or anything.
Elsa and Anna are two sisters that had to be separated because fo Elsa's dangerous Ice powers that could harm Anna in the future, the parents die (Of Course) and Elsa becomes the new Queen, with everyone else being oblivious to her powers until she outs herself during an argument with her Sister. Right of the bat this movie shines with the relationship between our two main heroes, the sister-sister Relationship these two have is just beautiful, even after being separated for over 10 years, when the two sisters meet face to face again they still love and care for each other and want to help each other out as well.
But that is not the only reason why this movie shines, the romance in it is surprisngly good as well. Kristoff and Anna are really good together, you see them developing a relationship all throughout the movie and see how they grow to love each other, they don't fall in love immediately, they take their time. Sure they fall in love in one day, but what I noticed was that in the end, they don't get married, Did you noticed that? Sure they share a kiss and you get the feeling that they are now a couple, but they don't end up getting married, that's very odd for a Disney movie, and I like it.
Let's talk about the Timon and Pumba for this movie: Olaf. I surprisingly liked this little man. I'm serious, I thought I wasn't going to like him, that he was just going to get on the way, but NO, he helps the characters every once in a while, has a very humorous song and is geniuenly funny, he wasn't my favourite character *Coough* *German Guy* *Cough* but as a comedy relief character he really shined.
Ok, if there's one downside to this movie that really bothers me is The Duke of Weselton. He is a useless, expendable character, especially when the twist in the middle of the movie comes out. I am not going to spoil it, but once that's revealed, The Duke and his men proove to be useless. "But Wait!" I hear you say "The Duke orders his men to Kill Queen Elsa, which eventually leads to her demise" Well, I hate to crap on your parade, but anyone could've done that, it could've been some random soldiers that Prince Hans called out to find the Queen, events could've gone a different way and she still could've been captured. I love Alan Tudyk, I loved him in WRECK IT RALPH, but The Duke was completely useless in this movie, AGAIN, especially whent he plot twist comes out
The Songs... Are really good, "The Summer Song" sang by Olaf, while a bit dry I enjoy a lot, especially for how absurd it is. "Let it Go" is beautiful, and "Snowman" song at the beginning as well. If there's something that Disney is STILL able to pull of is songs, and this movie, thankfully, is no exception.
Overrall, this is a great, AWESOME movie, I am so glad that with this, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Wreck-It Ralph, Disney is finally getting back to their classical stuff, but not without bringing some new elements to the table. With Frozen, we have the full package: Great Heroines, an Updated Story, a believable Romance, great Comic Relief, a Well implemented plot and a really good plot. Final Score: 9.2 out of 10, totally recommend it.