February 27, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle
A New Disney Classic
By Lauren S.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Two princesses, Elsa and Anna have been held within their palace walls in the kingdom of Arendelle. Instead of being held captive by an evil step-parent or worse, they’re being held out of love, as Elsa, the eldest princess has the power to direct and manipulate ice. When playing as children, Elsa nearly killed Anna with this power, thus the reason they’ve been held within the palace walls.
As Elsa, played by Idina Menzel, becomes of age, the beautiful palace doors are being open for the first time in many years to celebrate her coronation. When things quickly become twisted Elsa flees the kingdom, unintentionally turning the season to winter. It’s now Anna’s responsibility, played by Kristen Bell to go after her sister, in hopes that she will return the season to summer, and come home to rule her kingdom. Along the way, Anna runs into a handsome ice trader Kristoff, played by Jonathan Groff, and his reindeer Sven who help Anna try to persuade Elsa to come back to the kingdom before Arendelle is destroyed by winter. They also come across a delightful little snowman named Olaf, played by Josh Gad, who brings memories from Anna’s forgotten childhood back to light. You can expect to laugh your butt off during this film on more occasions than one; you’ll want to sing along to the lovely music being sung and maybe even shed a tear or two.
The most memorable character throughout this film is Olaf, from the beginning of this film to the end; this charming snowman will leave a smile on your face even days after you’ve seen the film. This goofy, charismatic character makes you remember him most from a scene near the end of the film, when he is sitting next to a fireplace with princess Anna and she tells him he’s going to melt if he doesn’t return outside, and he replies by saying, “some people are worth melting for.” A talking, singing, caring snowman may not be very realistic in this day and age, however to a young child he is everything you could ever hope for when building a snowman on a cold winter day. Anna has you loving her from the very beginning of the film as well, when she is almost killed by her sister. Her urge to never give up on trying to get her sister to forgive herself, regardless of remembering the past, will warm your heart. Singing “Do you Want to Build a Snowman” outside of her bedroom door everyday for years shows that this optimistic character will go through any struggle to reach her loving sisters heart, and try to bring her home.
Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee swept through the first 20 minutes of the plot with ease which would leave any other film choppy and sour. When Elsa’s power is revealed at her coronation, she’s decided she’s had enough and leaves her kingdom of Arendelle, leaving behind the cold brisk of winter. The plot then immediately goes into a beautiful tune sung by Elsa (Idina Menzel) called “Let It Go” and then creates a breathtaking ice palace to have as her own. This song goes perfectly with what is going on in the film at the time, explaining that the past is in the past and it’s time for her to let it go, meaning both to let go of the past and to let her power flow out of her freely.
This specific part of the film captured all of Elsa’s sadness of having to keep her powers hidden perfectly. The directors’ shot watching her dance up a snowy mountain, shooting out her power left right and centre to each word of the song was also captured brilliantly, releasing how much happier she is now, being able to be who she is.
This animated Disney film was full of special effects, mostly from Elsa moving her hand and creating ice, which formed a sense of elegance. The entire soundtrack to this film was magnificent. When each song was sung, regardless of which character, it fit to the scene of the film perfectly. Each song was catchy and tuneful. What I enjoyed most about this soundtrack however, was the fact that each song let out a great message, for example, “Let It Go” sung by Elsa, was all about being who you are, regardless of the consequences. Other songs such as, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” is simply catchy and will be stuck in your head weeks after you’ve watched the film. The soundtrack of this film wasn’t written only for young children, but for people of all ages, and I think this is important.
Whether you’ve five, ten, twenty-six or eighty, I believe you will enjoy this film from beginning to end. This film may have been created mostly for young viewers, but as I sat in the jam-packed theatre, I couldn’t help but notice that yes, there were many children around, but mostly adults. I believe they were more excited about the film being released than the children throughout the theatre. If you rent or buy this film, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. It is unlike any other Disney movie, and unlike any other animated film. I don’t have one negative thought about this film, and I don’t believe you will either. I encourage you to spend your money on this film, as it will be an enjoyable one hour and twenty-five minutes.