Movie review: FROZEN (2013)

Disney's Frozen Olaf movie still

Disney's Frozen movie poster malaysia Based on: Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen"
Rated: U
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 108 minutes
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Screenplay: Jennifer Lee
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds

Synopsis: Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell / Liyana Jasmay) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel / Marsha Milan), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad / Ray Era FM), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Release date in Malaysia: November 28th 2013
Distributor / studio(s): Walt Disney Pictures Malaysia

Watch the trailer

Verdict: The lame trailer didn't do it justice. Frozen is perhaps the best animation from Disney since Lilo & Stitch (2002) and have possibly revived Walt Disney Animations from their decline. It manages to capture a bit of the classic Disney films' magic that had been missing for like decades, and for the first time, it's brought to modern-style animation. The CGI art direction is very similar to Tangled (2010) but highly improved, of course, making the characters livelier and prettier than ever before by Disney (without Pixar). Apart from the soullessly rushed ending and the forgettable musical tunes that are beautifully sung, the film's quite thoroughly entertaining, warm, adorable and absolutely hilarious, even for an adult like myself. It has a pretty good twist as well. The story's also attached with a strong, convincing moral message for the young ladies out there. Olaf, the snowman supporting character, is perhaps the only answer to Despicable Me's Minions.

Second opinion: My girlfriend thought that it was very good, very emotionally engaging, fun to watch and believes people of all ages would enjoy it.



Most hilarious Olaf moments:
This forever happy-go-lucky, stupid-looking snowman is definitely one of the funniest characters ever from Disney. It sure has plenty of funny moments but the one that really cracked me up out of loud was when they find out that the only way to stop Anna (Kristen Bell) from being frozen is to get her to receive an act of true love, which would require the characters to travel back to the castle in order to unite Anna and her fiancee Hans (Santino Fontana) for a "true love's kiss" that might save her. As they take off, Olaf (Josh Gad) just randomly screams, "Let's go kiss Hans!"

Another one that's memorable is the scene where Anna is imprisoned by the baddie Hans and discusses about the meaning of 'true love' with Olaf and he says something like, "True love is like Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), he loves you so much that he sent you back to Hans and left you." Basically implying that Kristoff is in love with Anna. Then when he notices someone is approaching the castle from afar, he breaks a stick of hanging ice and uses it as a monocular to see that it's Kristoff that's coming to the rescue. He then tells Anna, "Okay, I was wrong, I guess Kristoff doesn't love you that much." HAHAHA! Brilliant simple quick humour, it really is. I'm certain that they'll do a spinoff of Olaf in the future.

Plot holes of Frozen:
I know it's a cartoon and I shouldn't be so anal but I just thought you might wanna know. First of all, it's not explained why Snow Queen Elsa ( (Idina Menzel) is born with the powers. Then I also find the part where Hans accuses Elsa for committing treason (for killing her younger sister Anna) a bit strange'cause how can Elsa be accused of any treason when she is the rightful queen of this kingdom? And also...

Frozen movie stills - Elsa Snow Queen meme

Interesting fact:
The name of the villain, Hans, is the first name of the author of the The Snow Queen, book Frozen was based on. So... they honoured Hans Christian Anderson by naming the bad guy after him?

Is there a post-credit or a mid-credit scene in Frozen? Yes, a small one, but I didn't wait for it.

Malaysian censorship: It's a Disney cartoon so nope, no surprise outrageously unreasonable chopping done for this one.

To pay to watch? Hell yes.

To watch in 3D? I watched it in 2-D  so I'm not sure if there's any impact in 3-D format. It does seem it can be great to watch it in 3-D, just that not many cinemas in Malaysia can cater to that format properly.

Animated short film shown with Frozen: Get a Horse! is being shown at theaters with the screenings of Frozen and it's truly a brilliant, nostalgic piece which revolves around the original Mickey Mouse and friends doing an in-and-out chase with Peg-Leg Pete between the old skool black-and-white and 3-D CGI modern worlds. It's the best animated short from Disney in a long time.

Rating: 4 / 5


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4 comments:
  1. the snowman was cute~ wanna watch too~

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  2. great effort by disney haha they are back 2 business 4 sure

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  3. For your first plot hole, i will like to rebut: Your hands. You write, draw and even typed a review for the most amazing movie, but when someone ticked you off, you LOSES CONTROL and punch them in the face. Whaaaaat.

    For the second plot hole, you clearly did not pay attention watching this amazing movie. Love is needed by Elsa to THAW ARENDELLE from winter, not control her powers. Overcoming fear is the key to control her powers

    With these, I rest my case.

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    1. Funny how all new readers overreact the same way.

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