Movie Review: Frozen

FrozenTitle: “Frozen”

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Writers: Hans Christian Andersen (based on “The Snow Queen,” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris

Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Based loosely on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen (I’ll get to that in a minute), Princess Anna must track down her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Along the way she teams up with mountain man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and a living snowman named Olaf.

Overall, this movie is okay. The movie is loosely based on the story “The Snow Queen,” meaning that it has nothing to do with it at all. The characters and plot are completely different from the original story, so much so that it probably shouldn’t even be referred to as “based on.”

The graphics in this computer-animated movie are smooth, although the character design shows little imagination. It appears that they decided to be very lazy with this movie and recycled character designs from “Tangled.” This is a real shame because I know Disney can do better than this. Pixar manages to change the feel of the characters through their design between different movies (such as how the character design of the humans in the “Toy Story” movies were completely different from “Brave”).

This movie is alright and minorly entertaining, if uninspiring. Again, per usual Disney-fare, it’s intended to be a family movie, and most kids will enjoy this one. I’ll even admit that the music is actually pretty good. Adults will likely even find some of the jokes funny. But overall, it’s not an inspiring movie. It’s entertaining up to a point, kids will like it, but it’s definitely not a great movie, and is not one of the better Disney movies. It’s hard to truly fault this movie because it doesn’t do anything particularly wrong (except for lazy character design), but it doesn’t do anything spectacularly right, either. It’s just kind of there.

“Frozen” earns 3 out of 5 stars.

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