Disney’s ‘Frozen’ provides chills and thrills to film-goers


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“Frozen,” Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film, has been enchanting viewers of all ages with its powerful message and addicting songs.

Frozen is not your average fairy-tale about a princess rescued by a Prince Charming. This is an emotion-packed story of a family torn between ice and snow but eventually mended by sisterly love. This latest Disney hit continues to haul in box office bucks and just won the 2014 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

The movie centers on sisters Anna and Elsa and their divergent personalities. Anna is accompanied by a mountain man named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven, along with a lovable snowman Olaf, on a frigid journey to rescue her sister Elsa from her frozen isolation. It’s amazing, really, how you see Elsa and Anna as children playing in the snow, and the next thing you know, the once-playful ice turns into something that freezes all of Arendelle, the family’s kingdom.

“Absolutely impressive” is the best way to describe the animated details in Frozen. The landscape of Arendelle — the mountains, forests and Elsa’s ice castle — are magnificently detailed. Elsa’s ice castle especially relays the intensity of how Arendelle is in peril under the winter storm. Even Elsa’s hair is graphically gorgeous; Disney animators even incorporated snowflakes and sparkles into it.

As the movie begins, Kristoff’s family of ice pickers sing about the need to “beware the frozen heart,” which is a symbolic warning of what is coming to Arendelle. Elsa’s mysterious power to create ice is never completely explained, but her inability to control her power sets the plot into motion.

The Oscar-winning song Let it Go sung by Elsa (aka Idina Menzel) is a fitting aspect of this animated wonder and demonstrates how independent Elsa becomes. The song basically provides a backstory about how Elsa feels about her cursed ice-making power and how she is “letting go” of her powers to create something to her liking: an ice castle.

Frozen is so good that even though I saw it multiple times, it gave me chills over and over again. Literally. It’s no wonder so many children — and adults — are connecting with this movie on a personal level. Anna teaches viewers to never give up on the things they love and to be themselves. And Anna and her sister teach that sisters are forever.

Although the musical numbers are cute, they are a bit brief compared to some tunes from previous Disney features. The duet sung by Anna and Elsa, For the First Time in Forever, both the original and the reprise, are very touching and reflect the deep emotional tie between the sisters. In addition, Menzel’s voice seems a bit too old for Elsa. Even though she is a little older than her sister,  Elsa’s singing voice sounds as mature as Betty White’s.

I would definitely recommend this heartwarming movie to all ages; it provokes every emotion, from laughter to tears. Olaf the snowman is especially endearing and connects with youngsters and some adults with his cute humor.

The moral of Frozen is how love can be fickle and unpredictable, but that it can also warm even the most frigid hearts.