FROZEN is Disney‘s 53rd animated feature movie and is based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Snow Queen. This musical film tells the story of a princess who sets off on to find her sister, whose icy powers have trapped their kingdom into an instant winter.
There are many strengths to the movie, from the voice-acting to the wonderful songs to stunning visuals and the beautiful music score by Christopher Beck.
Instead of doing a “normal” review, I’m going to discuss all the songs (composed by the wife/husband duo – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez), as they carry the story of the film …
(1) Frozen Heart – An adequate beginning the to the story, this ensemble piece sets up the ice business that one of our male lead’s Kristoff would grow into. The song title itself is wonderful foreshadowing.
(2) Do You Want To Build A Snowman? – An extremely complex song, full of sadness which acts as a montage; as the young princesses grow up and drift apart as their enter young adulthood. A highlight of the movie.
(3) For The First Time In Forever – An upbeat song with one of my fave lines from any song … “Who knew we owned eight thousand salad plates?”, as well as many unconventional lyrics.
(4) Love Is An Open Door – Another happy track, with Princess Anna and Prince Hans discovering their love at first sight, and again more great lyrics … “I mean it’s crazy, we finish each other’s … sandwiches!” and odd musical structure.
(5) Let It Go – Set to stunning visuals, the true show-stopping moment of the movie. An amazing song of self-empowerment for Elsa, as she rejects all that rejected her and accepts who she is. It’s easy to see why this anthem of liberation would be embraced by those of diverse sexuality or gender-identity issues.
(6) Reindeer Are Better Than People – A short little ditty for Kristoff to share his feelings with his faithful reindeer Sven.
(7) In Summer – Always excellent Josh Gad enters the movie as snowman Olaf in a song that is pure comic-relief and juxtaposed to everything else in the film.
(8) For The First Time In Forever (reprise) – I much prefer this section of the song, delivered with more passion and much brilliance, as Anna and Elsa are able to harmonize against each other.
(9) Fixer Upper – Another ensemble piece and rather boppy in a way you would expect from a Disney film. However, it also contains very key lyrics to the story … “People make bad choices, if they’re mad or scared or stressed. But throw a little love their way, and you’ll bring out their best.”
Overall, Frozen is a modern animated film that still manages to reflect upon the style of Disney from the past, yet deliver truly unexpected moments and be appealing to be both adults and children. The voice-acting and singing from the cast are brilliant, especially the two female leads – Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.
Without question the best animated movie of the past decade and Disney’s most significant film this century.
… the cold never bothered me anyway.
score: 9 out of 10.