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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Review: FROZEN (2013)

Filled with excellent voice talents and memorable sing-a-long songs, FROZEN is enchanting but formulaic Disney animated feature.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Disney has tried to develop FROZEN for more than a decade. After numerous failed attempts dated back in 2002, the long-gestating FROZEN has finally materialized on the big screen. The result is a refreshing throwback to the good old-fashioned Disney animated feature which are hardly seen these days.


FROZEN centers on two royal sisters from the Nordic kingdom of Arendelle, Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) who both are very close siblings. But one night changes everything when Elsa's mysterious cryogenic powers accidentally threatens Anna's life during their playtime. Because of Elsa's ability to freeze anything she touches, she locked herself inside the room to avoid any bad incident happens again. Her relationship with Anna begins to drift apart until one day their parents died tragically on the high seas.

Three years later, Elsa's coronation day finally arrives where she will be crowned as the queen of Arendelle. Things goes awry when Elsa accidentally frightens everyone with her powers, and quickly flees as far as possible. Desperate to track her down at all cost, Anna sets out on a perilous journey across the snowy mountains and subsequently met a kind ice-cutter Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and a mystical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad).
Chris Buck's and Jennifer Lee's directions are charming. Of course, their directions wouldn't have work without the great musical numbers as well as the spectacular ice-themed visual palette.

All the voice talents here are top notch, especially for Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell. Not to mention their singing vocals are just as remarkable. Jonathan Groff lends a solid support as Kristoff, while Josh Gad is wonderfully entertaining as the goofy Olaf.

Three sing-a-long songs are particularly noteworthy here: Kristen Bell's moving number, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"; the beautiful duet between Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell's "For the First Time in Forever"; and Idina Menzel's showstopping solo number, "Let It Go".
The plot is somewhat generic and predictable, while the pace does loses steam during the middle part of the movie.

FROZEN isn't a masterpiece by any means, but it's good enough to satisfy both young and old viewers looking for a breezy and fun entertainment this holiday season.

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