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"Frozen" Movie Review - Kyra Gardner

When Frozen first came out in November, I didn’t pay much mind to it.  Though I religiously watched every Disney VCR I had as a kid I’ve never really been able to buy into the modern day princess films; they have always seemed to pale in comparison to classics like Little Mermaid and Mulan.

As each month passed the hype increased, and much to my surprise I witnessed a couple of the soundtrack songs from the film climb the Billboard charts.  Finally during some downtime about a week ago, I visited my good friend to experience what many of my senior friends had raved about.

I was absolutely impressed with everything about Frozen.  The plotline is creative, the imagery is stunning, and the music is great (but how could it not be with Idina Menzel’s vocals on the main track).  However, what really struck a nerve with me was how different it was from the classics in the best way possible.

Just to give some quick context for anyone who has yet to see the movie: the film is centered around two sisters, Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell).  Elsa has magical powers and Anna does not.  It is Elsa who makes everything “frozen” and it is up to Anna to find her and help her unfreeze the summer.

There were a few refreshing things about this film.  One of them was when the punchline of a joke was that Anna wanted to marry someone that she had met that day.  She is scoffed extensively for wanting to wed someone she had met that day.  Cue: every Disney marriage ever.  Let’s think for a moment.  Cinderella knew her guy for a solid 3 or 4 hours.  Sleeping Beauty?  They hadn’t met before he kissed her and then they got married right away.  The list goes on.  The film continued to reject Disney stereotypes by having the main type of love be family-based, and not some whirlwind romance.  This, combined with some light-hearted humor—and again, Idina Menzel—made for a great family film that I’m sure I’ll find myself watching again.

Kyra’s final verdict: Go! (watch illegacy, thanks piracy!)

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