Saturday, February 22, 2014


Plot: Princess Elsa can turn things into ice, and when her parents die, she becomes Queen. She is endlessly guilty about freezing her sister Anna when they were young, and so she exiles herself to a frozen mountain. Anna goes up there to bring her back, but Elsa sends her away; and Anna freezes on the way down the mountain. Meantime Anna's old boyfriend has seized power, and drags Elsa to prison. Elsa frees herself, and goes to rescue Anna which sets-up the ending twist. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: Frozen has a sentimental story with several good songs, and a heart-warming ending. The old princess fairytale gets modernized again, and spunky & irreverent Anna is an interesting heroine.

The quick-moving story is easy to understand, and stresses girl power and independence.  We get the fun of fairy tales without the patriarchal baggage -- the male characters do strangely little.

The visuals are solid but sometimes the generally realistic scenes are jarred by the cartoony characters. Like other Disney films were sidekicks for comic relief and as expeditionary devices.

I liked it because the sisterly love theme is sentimental and sweet. 

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Directed by: Jennifer Lee; vaguely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Rating: 3.0- stars: worthwhile, heart-warming, 

More: Here is a good song. I like the solitary feeling on the mountain, and then she builds a fortress of solitude, just like Superman -- but for a princess. 

Even More: "The cold never bothered me anyway."