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Reel Review – Frozen (2013)

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While 2013 is drawing to a close, there’s a pretty wide selection of movies in theaters to pick from.  You have your end-of-the-year lot, along with the fresh batch coming in early 2014.  And unless you’re a regular movie-goer or if you have young children, an animated movie might not be your first choice.

Frozen was an absolute delight to watch.  I wasn’t planning on seeing it in theaters considering everything else showing, and also because I was a bit skeptical.  Over the past decade, Disney’s animated films have been a bit of a gamble for me.  Personally, I still consider Lilo & Stitch to be the last truly great film of theirs (I count Pixar movies separately).

But let me just say that Frozen completely disproved that thought.

As a whole, Frozen has a grand scheme of winning over viewers.  The animation is beautifully put together, and is very detailed, especially the effects of the ice and snow.  A cast of enjoyable characters featuring Elsa the Snow Queen (voiced by Idina Menzel), her younger sister Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), a mountain man named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven, along with the humorous snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) really set tone of the movie.

While Frozen is a generally fun film, it deals with realistic problems, such as the relationship between estranged sisters, the fear of showing everyone who you really are, and finding out why getting engaged to someone you just met can be a bad idea…

The original soundtrack to the movie, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and composed by Christophe Beck, is also really refreshing, with songs that are both clever and catchy.  Not overly hilarious, the movie delivers well-balanced, light-hearted fun, and it’s something both kids and adults will enjoy watching.

So, if you were considering waiting for it to hit Blu-Ray and are stuck with nothing to do during Winter break; go see Frozen!  It has set the bar for future animated Disney films, and you won’t regret it.

 My Reel Rating: 8.0/10

Written by Josh Sazin on December 26th, 2013

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2 comments on “Reel Review – Frozen (2013)

  1. smf89
    December 28, 2013

    I too was skeptical about this movie. I always had planned on watching it regardless, but I thought I’d go in and leave hating the snowman and the overall plot. But I was wrong. Not only did I love the snowman, but the plot as well. And I really enjoyed the whole notion of what true love is.
    (Lilo & Stitch really is such a great but underrated film, by the way!)

    • jsazin
      December 28, 2013

      Glad you agree! I just feel like Frozen was really made in an authentic Disney way

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