Film Review: Frozen


Disney’s latest animated feature Frozen ticks the boxes for a children’s film in the festive season. Great songs and a sweet story makes Frozen an entertaining affair.

Anna and her older sister Elsa are close as young girls. As they grow up, Elsa’s icy powers mean she must keep her distance from her younger sister. Anna is determined to track down Elsa however…

Written by co-director Jennifer Lee, Frozen is loosely based on the fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film concentrates on the bond between siblings Anna and Elsa. It is refreshing to see a film such with two female protagonists that does not focus solely on romantic relationships.

The main characters are good overall. The sidekick Olaf imbues the film with humour. The relationship between the sisters is an interesting one. It is most pleasing that the finale goes the way it does; it is a stronger message than the red herring the film dangles to viewers.

There are only two downsides to Frozen. Firstly the pacing could have been tighter. The film ambles around somewhat in the middle section, although it does recover for the finale. Secondly, there is not a strong  enough antagonist for create the peaks of drama and tension.

Aside from these factors, Frozen is a most enjoyable movie. The film owes a debt to the musical Wicked. Not only in terms of theme, Frozen’s musical numbers and even the casting of Idina Menzel as Elsa indicate this. This is by no means a bad thing. For one thing, the songs are great in Frozen.

The animation is good, especially in the creation of the palace. 3D could have been utilised more. Casting is good, with Menzel displaying her vocal talents. Kristen Bell is also decent as Anna.

Frozen is not perfect, but it is a enjoyable fantasy with positive messages. Short Get a Horse!, screened before Frozen, is also a lot of fun.

Stuff To Look At

Film stuffs galore, including the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit trailer, Machete Kills, Into The Woods and more…

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Here is the first Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit trailer. The release of the trailer comes in the same week as the character’s creator, author Tom Clancy, passed away. Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is out in UK cinemas on 26th December 2013.

Rio 2

Talking animal alert! Rio 2 features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann and Jamie Foxx. Blu, Jewel and their three children venture to the Amazon for a family reunion. Rio 2 is due for release in April 2014.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here is the latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This middle instalment features Orlando Bloom returning as Legolas, but a distinct lack of Gollum in the trailer at least. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is out in UK cinemas on 13th December 2013.

Machete Kills

Machete Kills is the follow up to 2010’s Machete. The film features more outlandish casting (including Charlie Sheen) and a more outlandish plot. Machete Kills hits cinemas on 11th October 2013.

Into The Woods

Meryl Streep Into The Woods

Well, Meryl Streep looks different. She plays the Witch in the first image released from Into The Woods. Based on the musical of the same name, Into The Woods is an amalgamation of a number of well-known fairy tales. The film also stars Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine. It is set for a Christmas Day 2014 release in the US.


Here is the first full trailer for Disney animation Frozen. With a talking snowman as a sidekick, the film seems perfect for Christmas. Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel provide the voices. Frozen   hits UK screens on 6th December 2013.