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Rotten: It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian.
- Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail, Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Fresh: Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks.
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Thursday, December 5, 2013
Rotten: Disney claims this feature-length animation is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, but it feels more like a Hollywood romcom.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Frozen is a convincing imitation of Disney films of yesteryear, it's got the looks but it hasn't got the substance. I'm glad to say that it doesn't rewrite and thus destroy any great works of literature but I feel the messages are still mixed and unhelpful as far as children are concerned. How on earth can a Socialist community support a Royalist dictatorship? That's the magic of Disney I guess but how it helps a child's imagination is beyond me, Disney have bought your child's imagination and have sold it back to you for treble the price. I went to go and see the film based on the really lovely trailer involving a Reindeer and a Snowman fighting over a carrot. Said trailer was misleading as non of the humour or content actually appeared in the film. The fact that the film did well is a reflection that there were no other kids films in the cinema during the holidays, in fact the kids in the cinema that I went to all looked bored to tears. Still, it's better than that other film called Frozen where everyone get eaten by Wolves but only just. http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/frozen-dir-chris-buck-jennifer-lee-2013.html
- SirPant, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
There are a lot of good points to be made about Disney Animated Studio's latest and most acclaimed venture. The musical numbers are amazing, that cannot be denied. The seminal classic "Let it Go" is amazing in its immersive grace and staying power. Right now that song is everywhere and its popularity won't wane for some time, making it the newest in the Disney heroine's canon of anthems. The animation is breathtaking, even if it's indicative of a causal link with "Tangled". The feminist theme that everyone sees is not evident for me. I find Anna to be airy, uncertain, and none too smart about survival, especially in the beginning when she leaves her kingdom to a stranger and then wanders into the frozen tundra in a summer dress. That and the characters aren't all that interesting, except for Elsa. Elsa as a villain would also have been better, instead of having a throwaway villain who doesn't show up until the very end. Even Olaf is not as engaging and charming as everyone says he is, instead coming off as creepy more than once. That's not to say I completely hated the movie, I just think the adaptation takes away from the power of the original story.
- FrizzDrop, Monday, March 17, 2014
With Frozen, Disney gets it's groove back in a pretty cool way...to a degree. Now, to be honest, I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie at first. I blame the marketing department. I only really ended up kinda wanting to see it because the trailer depicted the reindeer butt-scooting on a frozen lake, which greatly amused me. Turns out that scene wasn't in the movie at all, so when I did see the film, I was disappointed, and actually almost kinda didn't like this one. My girlfriend at the time had seen it, loved it, and thought that I too had kinda wanted to see it, so she went with me, and she ended up being surprised that I actually kinda didn't want to see it, and that I also kinda didn't like it. Since then, she and I have amicably broken up, and my feelings on the movie have warmed up some. Yeah, this is the first of many long overdue reviews from stuff I've seen since just before Thanksgiving until now. Anyways, Frozen is a very loose adaptation of a Hans Christian Anderson story about two princess sisters, and their tumultuous relationship. I say tumultuous since one of them gained magical powers to control ice and snow, which causes her to isolate herself from the world, leaving her little sister to basically fend for herself following the death of their parents. When the two grow up, and Elsa (the magical one) inadvertently reveals her powers publically, thus causing all kinds of problems, it's up to little sister Anna to make things right, as well as grow up and get married, and all that kind of stuff. This is both groundbreaking and run-of-the-mill for Disney in a few ways. It's one of their more progressive and somewhat subversive films, in that, while it does follow the typical princess film formula, it also tweaks it to keep it from being completely "just more of the same". It's still a cutesy family friendly musical, but it also deals with feminism, sisterly relationships, and only sorta has the typical prince charming stuff. Even when that's there it doesn't completely follow formula. I wasn't initially into the musical style, as it's very Broadwayesque, but as I said, it's grown on me. I guess at the time I saw it I kinda hated this because I was going through some personal stuff, thus my opinions of things were rather muddied. I like the music now, but I maintain that, while the film does have a great visual style and some great art direction, the character designs are kinda weird, and don't really work for me. The characters look kinda odd, and it's distracting. Other than that though, this is, as you'd expect, very well done and charming stuff. The annoying comic relief isn't as annoying as I feared, the chemistry between the sisters is good, and, yeah, the fact that Disney tweaks the formula and expectations is both great and quite welcome. Even though this one has grown on me, I still think it's overrated. I liked it, but no, I don't think it's a masterpiece or the beginning of the Disney Renaissance Pat 2, though I do like how the film is a fun call back to the past. Should you see it? Of course. Sure. Why not? P.S. Sorry for my rambling and probable incoherence. As I said, I'm out of practice writing for the site, but I hope to change all that and get all caught up.
- cosmo313, Monday, March 17, 2014