Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
With the characters, the plot, and especially the songs, this movie is going to be a hit with most audiences
What Happens in Frozen?
Frozen follows the lives of Arendelle’s two princesses, Elsa and Anna. As children, the two sisters were close, Elsa would use her ice powers to provide entertainment for the younger sister. However, after a near-fatal accident, Anna’s memories and Elsa’s powers are erased and Elsa hides behind a closed door. After the tragic loss of their parents and three years of isolation, Elsa’s coronation day arrives, and castle gates are opened once more.
Who Are The Characters in Frozen?
Anna is the princess of Arendelle and after an incident with her older sister Elsa, when they were younger, Anna and Elsa were both locked in their castle. Anna is a very bright, energetic, and optimistic lead, who longs for connection and for a life outside the palace walls.
Elsa is the future queen of Arendelle and she has secret ice powers that were the cause of the incident when she and Anna were younger. Trying to control her powers and hide them makes Elsa a more reserved and closed-off person, who does not want to be in public often for fear of discovery.
Frozen is a pretty solid movie, but it hits just a little bit differently when watching it for the first time in a while. The main piece of Frozen has to be the admittedly great songs. When you hear them 4,000 times a week, the association between songs and movies becomes quite annoying quickly. Would it be safe to say this movie was annoying when it first came out? Sure. After watching it again after not hearing a word about Frozen, it was really enjoyable.
The plot is just as simple as many other Disney movies, but Frozen moves at a decent pace. With the mix of musical numbers, some action scenes, and character interactions, it moves quickly, and it keeps the flow moving. The way this movie is set up really helps the plot later on.
We see a lot of things come full circle that were mentioned in passing or without a lot of detail that comes back around. These connections keep you thinking, and they prevent the back half from feeling oh-so-boring. You do have to remember that this is a family movie, and it isn’t as fast as something like Godzilla Vs. Kong, but it will bring some laughs to your living room.
While the plot is decent and entertaining, the characters are much better. We see a wide range of characters, and some of them are hilarious. Olaf is absolutely wonderful, and the combo of Kristof and Sven is quite comedic. We also see some decent villains, as well as some characters built for you to not like.
Our main protagonists are written really well, but they are a little bit different than the rest. Elsa and Anna experience a huge amount of character development, and their character arcs are pretty awesome. Our other main characters don’t receive nearly as much development, but their roles are less crucial and I didn’t feel like I was missing any character information that made it difficult to understand.
As previously mentioned, Frozen has some of the catchier songs in the realm of musical movies. They are fun and easy to sing, but the lyrics also provide a lot. There isn’t a single song that is just thrown in. Disney does a great job of that, and Frozen is no different.
The songs either provide character development or further the plot, and this is something I see as really important. With the added depth to the songs, they can be 1) enjoyed by everyone and 2) not feel like a waste of time if you aren’t watching for the first time. They do get annoying after a while, but they are good in moderation.
Frozen is a pretty quick watch at just under 2 hours. With the characters, the plot, and especially the songs, this movie is going to be a hit with most audiences, although maybe a begrudging one with an older audience.