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Disney’s Frozen

Frozen_2013_Poster_3_640x914“Frozen” was THE movie to see this Thanksgiving with your family. I was a little skeptical after seeing reviews like “the best Disney film since ‘The Lion King” (OC Register), how could they compare it to one of the best Disney films of all time? For me Princess movies from Disney have been lacking lately. Would Frozen be able to live up to this statement?

It did, sort of. I wouldn’t say that it was up to “Lion King” status, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Like “Brave”, Disney has decided to focus on a family relationship more than the romance in the film. I am all for that, little girls should be shown that they do not need to depend on a man. You know, feminism, yada yada yada. However, for me, “Brave” which had a absolutely no love interest for the independent Merida, was lacking the spark to make it really Disney. “Frozen” attempts to balance a story of sisterly love and a story of romance. They do a really good job of it too, just not perfect.

The music was divine, which it couldn’t not be, with Eva Menzel (Wicked) playing Elsa. I went home singing the songs and begging my sister to build a snowman, which I will probably do everyday for the rest of her life, even though there is no snow here ever. It was another triumph in the music department for Disney. So, I would have to say that the music is as good as “Lion King’s” iconic score. However, the story is not quite able to reach those heights.

You will be laughing the whole movie, even if it is just because it is way too sappy at parts. My biggest complaint is that the villain is passive for about 80% of the film, and the plot is lacking in the action I felt the trailers promised. I would have liked to see more peril and more fighting, but the movie was good fun. And I have to give Disney props for creating a heroine who learns that she doesn’t have to wait to be saved by someone else.

I like the new feminist era of Princesses that has moved in with “Tangled,” “Brave”  and “The Princess and The Frog.” I just hope that little boys don’t lose their role models too. Can we get a prince movie over here?! It’s been a long time since “Hercules” and “Tarzan”.

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