The latest holiday movie by the Disney animation studio – Frozen is a lovely, fun, and heart-warming story. The very production house who created many classics since 1930s (including most of my favourites: Cinderella, Lion King, Little Mermaid, and more) has made another classic again. And I’m so excited they brought the musical back! For once I thought they were never gonna do this again, since the last two productions, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, aren’t really that much of a musical. I’m happy that my guessing was wrong.
Frozen is a story about two princesses. The elder sister, Elsa, was born with the magic power of freezing things; and the younger one, Anna, is a normal but charming, passionate girl who loves to have fun and play. One incident of Anna injuring from playing with Elsa’s magic has determined their parents (the king and queen) that Elsa must conceal her magic and stopped making contact with people. Just when you thought things have turned bad enough for the sisters, their parents died from a shipwreck not long after, leaving them alone in the castle. As much as they need each other for consolation, Elsa insisted on holding on to what her parents had taught her: closing herself off from the world. The story begins when Elsa accidentally lost control of her magic during her coronation day. She ran away to the mountain in fear and Anna set out to find her.
Phew! That’s a lot to explain for a story background, but actually it only takes like 10 minutes in the movie. So that’s why I think the beginning is a little too hurry. There are quite a lot of information to digest: the two girls are sisters (the difference in hair colors might confuse you at first), they live in a castle, their parents love them, the elder one has magic, the younger one is quite a naughty little charm, there’s a place in the kingdom full of moving and talking rocks…I was actually a little overwhelmed by how fast the story escalated, like there were only a few minutes to finish my appetizer. I had to take a few moment to think back what just happened when the story started to slow down a bit later.
Well that’s one minor thing. You’d agree with me that nothing matters much anymore after you hear the music. It’s wonderfully composed and arranged. And the casts, are undoubtedly the most amazing actors and singers ever. First of all, Idina Menzel is the most exciting cast in the show that I’ve been anticipating to see. I’ve first known her from Glee singing “I dreamed a dream” and later I was blown away by her performance of “Defying Gravity” on the famous musical show “Wicked”. Her character in this movie, Elsa, does remind me a bit of Elphaba. Next, Kristen Bell as Anna is shockingly amazing. I doubted it when I saw her name on the poster, honestly. The electricity girl from Heroes playing a Disney character? Little did I know, she was classically trained and used to perform in Broadway. I gotta say, she blown me away until I can’t find my feet!
And another exciting cast member, Jonathan Groff, is actually one of my musical crush. I’ve loved him since he appeared in Glee as the talented lead vocalist Jesse. His duet with Lea Michelle on “Hello” is an all-time favourite of mine. Too bad he doesn’t sing much in Frozen, that’s one big flaw in the show. Come on, a 1-minute solo? Even the (*SPOILERS*) evil prince Hans gets a love duet with Anna! That’s truly unfair.
Overall, I sincerely think Frozen is a great story and production. Remember when people say, it’s difficult to surpass your previous success? Well I think it’s not the case for Disney. Aside from the visual improvement, the story is fresh and current. Although it’s still very ‘Disney-ly’ about the ‘true love solves every problem’ thing, this time it’s the sisterly love that saves the world. I’m glad it’s being done this way, because it is a value that worth promoting. (Yes kids, family is more important than romance ;)).
I’ll give this movie a 5-star, without any hesitation.
Now, time to enjoy my favourite score in the movie: For the first time in forever. This is a duet sang by the sisters, when they were expressing their opposite emotions during the coronation day. It’s so full of tension with the contradicted feelings in it. I hope you like it too.