The recently released Disney movie “Frozen” is one of the best animated films that I have seen in a long time. I first saw it on Christmas Day with a couple of friends and their toddlers. Although it was difficult to keep the kids engaged throughout the movie due to their age and the fact that they preferred to be up and about playing with candy wrappers and tossing popcorn instead of being in a dark theater, the rest of us still managed to enjoy it.
The setting of the movie is in the cold Norwegian climate and features a cast of characters which will appeal to boys and girls of all ages. Well…at least older than toddlers and yes, adults too.
Some ideas and a few of the characters from the story “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson have been incorporated into this movie. There are trolls, though in this story they are good trolls, not evil trolls and the Snow Queen is replaced by a princess who is unable to control her magical powers of turning everything to ice.
This movie is about two princesses, sisters who have become estranged over time. The older sister, Elsa possesses the power to create ice and snow but she unintentionally hurt her younger sister Anna in an accident while playing when they were little. Through the magic of the trolls, Anna’s memories are wiped clean of the incident and Elsa ultimately avoids any contact with her sister and others as they grow up, preferring to remain in her room.
Another accident which happened during Elsa’s coronation resulted in an eternal winter and further drove Elsa away, this time to isolation from the whole town of Arendelle. Anna however is determined to find Elsa and bring her home.
In this movie there are villains, a hero and for comic relief a snowman and reindeer. My favorite was definitely the snowman, Olaf who was created through Elsa’s imagination. He has a sweet and innocent personality that you cannot help but fall in love with especially when he naively dreams about frolicking around “In Summer” without any thoughts about what might happen to him.
It is not your typical princess movie of the past like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty where the princess falls in love with a prince, and live happily ever after. This is a movie about determination and overcoming obstacles. These princesses ultimately found a way to rekindle their strained relationship from each other.
It is also about pure love and overcoming fear. It is about relationships and finding one’s self and being able to control one’s feelings through love instead of fear.
It is about trust. Knowing when to trust and when not to.
There is wonderful mix of magic, music and humor.
My friend tells me that her little boy, an avid fan of the movie Cars likes to sing the “Let it Go” song and he insists that it is ok for boys to sing that song too.
It is a must see for everyone, even if you don’t have kids. It has some great messages and inspirational music for all ages and is one I don’t mind playing over and over again when the little ones visit.