Re-post from NUFEC.com on 11/27/2013.
Frozen is the new animated
film from Disney about two princess sisters. The older sister, Elsa, has
a strange power of creating ice, which she has little control over.
Then there are unusual magical creatures, gorgeous shots of ice,
romantic sub-plots and a sibling conflict. There’s little need to detail
the plot—that’s not why you would go see Frozen.
The animation in Frozen is
stunningly beautiful, especially when Elsa is creating with ice. The 3D
is also very good, being properly used as a tool for fun, beauty, and
visual depth. The morality is fairly typical of Disney, with a penchant
for familial support, however there are some surprises in there I won’t
spoil. Unfortunately, the writing felt a little half-baked. Transitions
don’t always feel quite right, and certain moments felt rushed. An early
sequence involving Elsa and her parents felt like something the
filmmakers “had” to do but didn’t enjoy for a second. It reminded me of
how UP was able to accomplish a deeply emotional opening sequence in the same amount of screen time, but Frozen seems to lack UP’s
care and intense feelings. I get the vibe that they didn’t take enough
time with this film, but the seeds of something very good are there.
If you like Disney, this one is worth seeing. If Disney is not your thing, I wouldn’t bother.