Monday, May 26, 2014

Now at Netflix: Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013) - Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee; Written by Jennifer Lee; Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad.

By Kenny Howell

Some great voice work, and a few catchy songs have made Frozen a phenomenon. I am not quite on board with all of that, but it is a pretty solid Disney movie.

Elsa (Menzel) has been blessed/cursed with a special power to create snow and ice. When she is young, she accidentally injures her younger sister, Anna (Bell, Stuck in Love) and withdraws from the world, fearing she can't control her power. Because she was too young at the time, Anna doesn't understand why Elsa doesn't want to be her friend anymore, and the duo's relationship is strained as they grow up. When they become young women, Anna meets a man who she instantly decides she wants to marry. Elsa doesn't approve, and her power gets unleashed to the public on accident. She retreats from their hometown of Arrendele, and hides in the wilderness to avoid hurting anyone.

What she doesn't realize is that she is trapped Arrendele in eternal winter, leaving the residents scrambling to find a solution. The go-getter that is Anna decides to venture out and get Elsa and bring her back to save Arrendele. Along the way, she meets Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven, as well as a silly sidekick snowman (Gad, Thanks for Sharing) that was created by Elsa.

I know the songs are what the everyone talks about, but I think the real draw of the movie is Bell. Her voicework on Anna is fantastic, as she creates a clumsy, positive Princess that sets out to get what she wants, even while being naive about some things. Gad also does well as the comedic relief as the snowman.

And I will fight to the death to defend that Do You Want to Build a Snowman is a better song than Let It Go. All you crazy people.

Frozen is available at Redbox, iTunes and Amazon.

Rating: **1/2

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