What is the first song we think of when we think of "Frozen?"
YEAH, that's what I thought! They even say "cold as ice" in the movie!
Its time to Review Frozen. No not that 2010 movie frozen that scared the living Sh(beep) out of me and made me never want to go skiing down a mountain! (Good movie by the way)
I'm talking about this one:
THERE WE GO!!!
Princess Anna sets off to find her sister Queen Elsa, after she had unintentionally frozen her entire kingdom in the new Disney movie "Frozen." Good-day everyone I'm D-rock625, our story starts off with a familiar story, some would think it original but it's not, it would be that is if you don't count other movies that involve siblings, or sibling problems: Mozart's Sister, Sister, Warrior, The Godfather, that Tinkerbell Secret of the Wings and pretty much Every movie ever made.
Okay okay maybe I'm getting a little too much into original stuff, but unoriginality doesn't make this movie a bad movie, as long as they include new things. Frozen... eh, just doesn't (except for two new twists, one of the being good, the other being..... BAD). But its still a good movie hehe, oh man the flaws in this movie.
Though as good as it is, I felt sort of let down by it as well, I was expecting more but just didn't get it, I'll explain that later in this review.
Just to be clear: SPOILER ALERT.
What did I think of the movie? It's actually a good movie, that sort of restored my hope in Disney because honestly lets face it, Disney doesn't make good movies anymore, well live-action movies that is. I mean, look at "The Lone Ranger" that was a terrible insulting adaptation of an American Icon, it actually destroyed it. No one will remember The Lone Ranger as being this badass gunslinger who actually was a ranger but decided to make himself a symbol and a really bad ass symbol with a bad ass sidekick, Tonto. The movie destroyed that. One of the worst western movies ever made.
Back to Frozen, yes it did somewhat restored my faith in Disney, I like the music even though two or three of them were completely forced. Lets take a look at the animation first, it is beautiful. This is coming from someone who'd prefer 2D over 3D. The colors are amazing, the entire sequence where Elsa, played by Idina Menzel, was building an ice castle with her powers was a wonderful sequence, and the music is good, and original. She is singing about her past time that she was forced to hide her powers because she could not control it, and by the time that everyone knows she has those powers she's purposely letting it go, hence the name of the song "Let it go." This song is obviously the best and most popular song in the bunch, we've news two sisters doing a duet on the song "Let it Go" about a week or two ago on the news. And boy did they suck. Oh well they're little girls of course. And one just now who is the better singer than those sisters. Take it away girls. Her sister Anna played by Kristen Bell, is the less interesting character in this movie, though it centers around her more than with her sister. This doesn't mean I don't like her, it just means that maybe it's because she's not the one who's suffering. Yes she is suffering due to the fact that her sister shuts her out of her life, but her sister has the uncontrollable powers, and is widely frightening her, and she's doing all she can to protect the people she loves. I don't know about you but that made her more interesting as a character to me than all others, she has all the pressure putting down on her, why isn't she the main character? This is one of the problems I have with this movie. Elsa is more interesting. Plus... okay i'm gonna go ahead and say it, I THINK ELSA IS SEXY.
Yeah I've said it, I really think she's sexy. Granted she wasn't portrayed like that in the movie, she was in the trailer which is one of the reasons as to why I was sort of let down. But yeah, I really do think she's hot. I mean look at her:
Probably pulled a Jonah Hill from "The Wolf of Wall Street", if yah get what I mean (THE FUCKING BEST MOVIE OF 2013, well then there is Gravity and 12 years a slave)
Speaking of WOWS, Gravity, and 12 Years A Slave
Here are some soundtracksL
From The Wolf of Wall Street
You already know
And you should know this.
Okay, back to Frozen. As far as story telling goes, it is pretty much rushed, and cliched as well. Disney has told stories in a musical fashion like this before, and they've done a better job, this movie seemed rushed especially at the beginning, and the end. The middle was less rushed. Okay I like the singing, I get the Idea that her sister Anna is missing her sister because they used to play a lot together and all, but the story was just way too rushed, a few minutes in and the parents already died. Don't get me wrong, the way their parents died is very realistic. Traveling by sea is no joke at all, its a very dangerous environment out there especially in the worlds two biggest oceans, In fact its the second most dangerous environment known to man, the first being space. That is believable, but I didn't have enough time to get to know her parents in order to actually feel sad. I was like "aww man that sucks" but that's it, I felt nothing, I didn't care for them. If any I felt more sympathy for the dad, because he had more dialogue, the mother I don't remember hearing her talk at all! If you guys do could you tell me, because I don't remember that. I felt more sorry for the dad he was the wise one. heh, sort of reminds me of that old show "Father Knows Best."
So what am I really saying here? The Montage at the beginning of the movie, the "do you want to build a snowman?" montage... Don't get me wrong, i like Montages, and they are a good Idea as long as the story delivers, with this movie, it really doesn't. I'll give you a good example of an animated movie with a montage that makes it seem rushed, but the story delivered... "UP". We are going through a five minute nearly wordless montage, and after that, we actually got to know our main protagonist even more, however with "Frozen" what happens after the first montage? We go right into the next song "for the first time in forever." Which is not a bad song, but... We really don't know the character any better just by hearing her sing.
Now we fast forward (like the movie wasn't already doing that) to the part where already they're at the party. Again it seemed rushed here too, not as much as it was a few minutes ago. Elsa has come of age, and she's now the queen. I don't know about you guys but classical music please? This piece I have to present to you is the perfect coronation music:
This would've gone perfectly with this scene. Anyways, then we cut to the party scene. That seemed sort of rushed AGAIN, but not as much as the first 11 minutes of the movie. We see the part where the two sisters are standing together and the crowd applauding them, and we also see that Anna is sort of uncomfortable standing with her. After a few seconds, they begin to talk to each other after a while of being separate. I sort of like that part if it hadn't gotten silly "you're beautifuller, gah well i mean not "fuller" you're-- more beautiful." That I think was sort of forced into the movie. And we got the part before, when she met the prince. "This is awkward, not your awkward, I mean we, I mean I'm so awkward, you're gorgeous! Wait what?" She did it that time, and the she did it with her sister and i was like "oh man shut up and say the right fucking thing already!" But that didn't ruin the movie.
However, I do wish we would've seen more conversations between them. There was a deleted scene, in the dressing room, you guys have probably seen it already, if not here it is:
Whilst the makers of the film do provide indispensable explanations as to why they had to cut it out, this would've been better if it was the first time they are together in a dressing room, that way we would've been able to spend some more time with them than what we actually have in the entire film. Now this scene is not written in the way that would make sense but what I would've done, is rewrite this scene to make it fit into the movie. For instance, make Elsa mess up her dress, and then go into the room where she conveniently runs into her sister, and she covers her little ice incident she made. At first make them uncomfortable, like make them talk slowly first, make Elsa be the first to say "hello" Like the original Coronation scene. And then make it silly like the scene went through.
Anna: my hips are here, my hips are there, oops, pardon my behind young man, I didn't mean to knock you down.
Elsa: It was just a gift.
Anna: From who?
Elsa: Oh, I don't know one of those big countries.
And I'm guessing "one of those big countries" is referring to the United States right Elsa?
Yeah do something, with that.
Then we actually fast forward to a part when we see that Anna accidentally ends up with the prince. Then we get a rushed sequence already only to get to our next song, "love is an open door" okay, Don't know about you, but I think they just made the beginning part of the movie, only to get to the song, and judging by some "friends" I have who have actually been involved with it, they asked the writer, and they did seem like they just wanted to get to the songs. So, yeah it kind of was like that.
And this whole scene seems supports UNREALISTIC ROMANCE, they've just met and they're already getting married?!!? Hell even Elsa and Kristoff didn't get it! Then this movie seems to mock traditional Disney stuff, with "love at first sight."
Anyways, we move on to the part where things are about to get ugly. The two supposed "couples" want Elsa's blessing for their marriage, Elsa goes bitch mode (hence the ice queen. Get it?) and says "no," with a very good reason. Then Anna tries to talk with her, and then Elsa unintentionally reveals her powers. This part I think was played out pretty good. Though I don't think that's how it would happen, I mean if her priority is to not reveal her powers, and seeing as how her glove was accidently forced off by Anna, I'd think she'd keep the hand hidden and just yell at her, but oh well at least it helps advance the plot. Then she unknowingly unleashes her powers across all of Arandell. And now we have our movie! that's really thought out, but not really that well executed.
Okay so then we cut to the middle of the story. I've already said the "let it go" sequence was good. So lets leave it at that.
Now our main protagonist Elsa, I mean Anna is looking for her. Along the way she bumps into Kristoff, a character who sells ice for a living.
Kristoff: I sell ice for a living.
That's what I just said.
Kristoff is a good supporting character, but i don't know, he doesn't seem all that developed to me. I know he has a Elk named Sven, and he's not likable as much either. I mean that doesn't mean i'd rather not have them in the story, I would, but I'd rather we see more development. For example the romance between them, though a lot stronger than Anna and Hans, is pretty weak. And it wasn't the intention of this movie. This movie was about, or supposed to be about the struggling relationships between the sisters, however, we get another cliche adventure between a man and a woman. I can get the fact that they didn't like each other to begin with, and then at the end, they're couples, well that's a big cliche all around, the typical, "we hate each other, but we love each other in the end" cliche. But at least it's not as big as "love at first sight." But still a pretty big cliche. As they travel, they come across a magical snow man named Frosty, dah I mean Olaf .
Speaking of Frosty, check out Bing Crosby singing "Frosty The Snowman"
As soon as we got to Olaf, I was thinking, "great we're gonna have another one of those annoying dumbass supporting characters like EVERY ANIMATED MOVIE NOWADAYS HAVE!"
Admit it, you guys were ready to hate him.
But to my surprise he wasn't as annoying as I thought he would be. Lets face it, supporting characters like Olaf are getting annoying and old, not just for us young adults but also for kids as well. But Olaf wasn't that annoying. He was actually pretty funny when he needed to be, but they knew when to shut him up too. He also has a hilarious singing voice when he sings that summer song, it's like he's trying to sing like a tenor. What's actually weird about this character is that he likes summer, oh the irony of it. "i'll be doing whatever snow does in summer." Yeah... MELT! He still got a little annoying sometimes. "yeah, why? ... yeah why? ... yeah why? ..." Oh my god just get him to shut up already. But he's okay, just a stepping stone of the comical relief characters, I'm sure the next would be better.
But, lets face it, you were ALL ready to hate him.
Other than that, now we follow Anna, and her three unnecessary supporting characters. She comes acros the Elsa's magical castle... only to sing to each other and get kicked out. The duet that Elsa and Anna were doing was pretty good, they were in sync with each other, and they were in rhythm too. Though I do have another problem with this part.
Anna: Actually we're not
Elsa: What do you mean you're not?
Anna: I got the feeling you don't know.
Elsa: What do I not know?
Anna: Arandell's in deep deep deep deep snow.
Wait a minute... WHAT? how the F(beep) did she not know that?!!?
Look at the entire "let it go" sequence, she was walking on a mountain full of snow supposedly during summer. When she was singing, at some point she looked back towards her ENTIRE KINGDOM she should've seen that it was all covered in snow. Is she near sighted? How did she not know that her kingdom was in deep snow, when she clearly saw it?!!?
Anyways that still doesn't make it a bad movie, it's still good.
Then there's the twist of the story, the prince turns out to be the bad guy cliche. Well I don't think we've seen it with a prince, but we've definitely seen twists like these before. I kind of don't remember his motivation, maybe I didn't pay attention it or it's just plain stupid that I didn't even what to remember it. I never supported Anna and Hans anyways, that was just way too odd for this movie. By the way, Hans: LAMEST DISNEY VILLAIN EVER!!!
Seriously, he was boring as shit. And he was stupid. He tells Anna his secret plan, and... lets her live in hopes she would die, even though she would've purposely dropped something heavy to make loud noises and attracted the attention of nearby people, or the people downstairs to come up to her aid, and she would tell them everything.
"But Anna was weak" Then Olaf would've dropped something, and made lots of noises to attract people's attentions.
Then we fast forward to the part where Elsa is running through the frozen lake, and in doing so shes causing a blizzard that would freeze the whole town and kill everyone. Anna is running towards Kristoff, whilst he's running towards her looking for her but can't because of this blizzard, then the ice breaks Sven forces him off, and he supposedly sinks but then he crawls out of the water onboard a piece of ice, which is unrealistic because Elks don't have fingers, and the arm structure of a human, but it's an animated movie so yeah.... then Hans caught up with Elsa and told her that she supposedly killed her sister, then she emotionally drops to the ground stopping the blizzard, and everything clears up, just in time for Kristoff to see Anna and run to her, but then she convenietly sees that Hans was about to kill Elsa, and it was taking him FOR-F*CKIN-EVER TOO, He lifts the sword up above his head and it takes him so long that Anna was able to risks her life to save Elsa by jumping in front of Hans, then she turns to solid ice just in time for her to break the blade and send a shockwave to knock Hans to the ground. Oh, and good timing Ice, have you been waiting for the past I dont know TWENTY MINUTES more or less?!!? Then Elsa sees her sister is frozen and says "no" three or four times and hugs her while crying because she had done something she was trying not to do for the past few f(beep)king years, but then Anna is unfrozen because of love, which is also the answer to how Elsa can control her powers....
Yeah... its really cliched on so many levels. Yeah okay I'll admit I've said that word a lot but it is cliche.
And it's also kind of dumb. I mean, Love? Wow Disney, really shoving that message into people's faces there. I'll get back to this later.
Oh, and there was also another problem with this movie.
Olaf turns on the fire.
Anna: Olaf you'll melt.
Olaf: Some people are worth melting for.
Olaf: Er just maybe not right this second.
Apparently Olaf willing to melt for Anna and Anna willing to freeze for Olaf isn't an act of "true love" AT ALL!!!
Before we get to that part I'll just say that though this is a good movie, I was sort of let down by it. Hear me out, when we actually see the trailer, i was indicating that they were once great sisters, bound together by sisterhood, but when Elsa had the powers she supposedly turned bad. I think that would've been more interesting, if one of the characters had to die. It would've been really gutsy, I though Disney had the guts to do that, but not yet I guess. Disney is known for taking risks, now they're too scared?
Back to why this is really a let down, when i saw the trailer, I saw a scene where Elsa was standing on a hill, and it looks as though she was purposely releasing her powers to freeze her homeland, indicating that she had turned bad (or her powers made her turn bad). And then there was this other scene that the trailers showed, the part where Anna was like "That's no blizzard, that's my sister." also reinforcing the idea that Elsa had turned bad as well, and Anna has to stop her, both of which happen to be in this one scene. Check it out:
THIS is actually pretty intersting, and awesome... this looked like a way better movie than the one we've got, why wasn't this the final product? Why didn't we have to have someone who's powers is taking over her, than all that "wah wah, I can't control it" bulls(beep).
This was the one I was looking forward too, I was like "Finally Disney finally has the guts to do something like this." But instead when the actual movie came out, we get a somewhat weak character who doesn't know how to control her powers, not that I have anything against it, its just, the trailers advertised an almost different story than what the actual movie portrayed.
And back to my idea of one of the sisters having to die, it would've been interesting to see that if Anna had to kill her, that would've been heart breaking, which would've also proven that even though it's a Disney animated film, it doesn't need to limit itself to just being a kids movie. What is the problem with these companies? Serious animate films have been around in the past, like "Secret of NIMH," I think an underrated film, and a less serious "An American Tail" also VERY underrated but was was serious. NIMH featured talking animals which is equivalent to a kids movie, but it's barely a kids film. It's dark toned, serious, and it has deaths, and blood too. And it was a great film, what's wrong with a little seriousness?
I thought Disney had the guts to do it, I'm guessing it wasn't that time yet.
And some guy on youtube told me that the ending for this movie was the gutsy move. He/she was wrong on so many levels, and he/she also said that Elsa turning bad would've been a cliche. Maybe that's right we've seen that before, but the ending for this movie is one of the biggest cliches ever. Why? Because the main character supposedly dies, but because of love, she's revived, and then Elsa unfreezes the land, and everyone lives happily ever after because of love. Gee haven't seen that from Disney before (Snow White, sleeping beauty, beauty and the beast) So no... the ending was not a gutsy move at all, its the same move used by Disney over and over again. He/she probably didn't know what the term "having the guts" meant.
A really gutsy movie would've been if the main protagonist Anna had died, and the supposedly antagonist Elsa had lived or if the other way around, or even if they both had died, that's a gutsy move, the ending for Frozen wasn't at all.
The story was way too rushed, it's characters are underdeveloped, Elsa had too little screen time (29min:14sec total screen time), and Anna wasn't even that interesting as a character, Kristoff's was confusing, at first I thought he was taken by the trolls, I thought he had a dad or something. He was working with all these ice men at the beginning of the movie, and I thought he was working with his dad, and suddenly he was taken by the trolls but as we get further into the movie, it turned out they adopted him?!!? Wait a minute what!!! He didn't have a dad, he didn't have parents, your guess is as good as mine, the movie never explained it at all. And the trolls are basically pushovers as well, I hated them, it helps advance the comical relief, but I saw nothing funny in them. They're basicallly your typical parents that will embarrass the sh(beep) out of you. And that song was completely unnecessary, in fact, the whole thing was unnecessary, even though it was made clear at the beginning of the movie that they couldn't do jack sh(beep) to save Anna, and yet we're back there. Granted they wanted us to see how they treat Kristoff, but what do we get? pushovers. Oh, and they were singing that song, I don't remember it at all, and then they were suddenly putting Anna and Kristoff together to get married.
WHAT? Wait a minute... so the movie seems to be trying to say marrying Hans on the spur of the moment would have been bad, but letting the rock trolls surprise Anna and Kristoff with a ceremony would have been just fine?
Yeah, like I said, one of the least thought out Disney movies.
This movie had a lot of opportunities going for it to make it a great movie, it just wasn't there. Frozen is a good (or at least okay) movie, not a great one. Will it be considered a classic in years to come? In my opinion, maybe, or F*k it, it will.
Either way it was a good movie, and I'd say check it out, but I'm just barely saying it .
Time for comments, what did you guys think of this movie? Leave a comment below and I'll come back to you.
Oh and by the way, though Olaf is funny some times, he is not hilarious, if you think Olaf is hilarious, you should see those old Disney cartoons, those are hilarious. Or check out Captain Hook and Smee or however you spell his name against the crocodile in that peter pan movie. Cpt Hook is obviously the best character in that movie, and so is his first mate. And when you take the two funniest characters and put them together with the crocodile... dude, that is some of the best Disney slapstick you'll ever have. It kills me every time I see those scenes. No matter how many times I see them it just never gets old, I always burst into tears laughing. It's just... oh man it's way too much.
Like that part where Smee is about to catch Hook, but then the croc comes out of the water pushes the boat and Hook ends up in his mouth. Then Smee grabs and ore and is ready to hit the croc in the head "Give him Back!" But then hook burst out of his mouth screaming and then smee accidentally hits hook's head. Oh my god it's just way too much. I'm laughing even when typing this review, I just can't keep a straight face.
Now Compare Olaf with those two, not even close, he is by no means as funny as Hook or Smee. Olaf is just a dumbass which is sort of funny sometimes, but it just gets old to a point where it sort of gets annoying. I did find his summer song funny though. He has a funny singing voice. Like a tenor with helium in him.
Now for a more negative point of view:
Love? Seriously? Love is the answer to all her problems? Well shit, that should've been easy. I mean yes elsa lived in fear for the majority of her life, but goddamn she loved her parents didn't she? I mean she loved her sister and it showed it at the beginning of the movie, how the F*ck did she not know that was the case? Okay she might have not had any idea that love was the answer but she still loved her sister and her parents, it should've have affect to the curse and given her a clue. Yeah this is one of the least thought out plots from Disney so far. But it's still a good movie, or at least it's just okay. Wow... Jeez of all the F(beep)king things they could F(beep)king come up with they came up with love.
Oh and by the way, can someone tell me how Elsa got her powers?
King: uhh born, and getting stronger.
Oh and for some of you disney fans out there, I'm a disney fan myself, but don't give me that "its a disney movie" bullsh(beep) because that is no excuse to how rushed this story is. Little kids won't mind it, but also think that half of the audience are also adults so a movie, Disney or not, should be ambitious. This movie is not. Oh and "the best musical adventure since 'the lion king'"? Hardly. The story is too rushed, and full of flaws. So no, its not. At least I like this better than Tangled... Even though, I have to give Tangled the credit, it has better storytelling than "Frozen" does.
love. Ugh, we get it Disney we'll love our families, just PLEASE make another "Incredibles" already!!!!
PS: There are speculations of a possible sequel. Check it out: thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2…. But this is just a rumor, if it does happen, could they get a better screenwriter, because this movie's plot is just deplorable.
You know, I can compare this movie Frozen to Tinkerbell Secret of the Wings. In fact Tinkerbell: SOTW is what makes Frozen even less original. Frozen deals with sisters, well Tinkerbell SOTW does that before Frozen does. Frozen has a regular sister, and her sister has snow powers, Well Tinkerbell is by no means a regular human being, she's a pixie, but her sister also has snow powers, she's a winter fairy. BUT in Frozen, the ice powers gets out of control, and freezes the entire land. Again Tinkerbell SOTW is the same shit. Yeah Frozen is completely unoriginal. It's not bad, its just unoriginal.
Why am I comparing these two? REally? Well, actually Tinkerbell Secret of the Wings is actually the better sister movie than Frozen. Why, well Frozen is a movie that just tells us that these two are sisters and they love each other, but it doesn't actually make us feel that way, and that's the most important aspect of a movie. Tinkerbell MAKEs us feel that those two are sisters, the things they are doing, they share "lost things" or "found things" with each other, it shows that they're related, it makes us feel that way. Frozen, just uses dialogue and it doesn't actually make us feel that.
Young Anna: we used to be best buddies, but now we're not
Elsa: There's so much fear
Yeah, thanks elsa for telling us and not actually making us feel it.
For sister movies between Tinkerbell and Frozen, Tinkerbell: SOTW is the better movie, it doesn't need music at all. Then there's the Romeo and Juliet part where they need to stay separated, and then they go to a log bridge where Tinkerbell and Periwinkle hug each other, and it was so emotional, the movie takes its time with that. ITS AWESOME.
Now there have been some people who are against my criticism of the story, saying "it's a movie meant for little girls." Well that's a bit stupid on your part, because by saying that, you're basically saying little girls are stupid and will never understand a story. Just because it's for little girls, that doesn't mean the movie has to be dim witted for them. And that's the Beauty of Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings, it doesn't treat it's young children as stupid kids who won't understand a story, it treats them almost the same as adults.
Even though I am COMPLETELY against Tinkerbell having a sister, Tinkerbell Secret of the Wings made me believe that they were sisters, and now I'm not that against it, I sort of am but hey it's pretty good, even though that movie is WAY OVER-THE-TOP GIRLY, I mean seriously, all the female characters in there are like "awww" "it's so cute" "she's so cute" and I'm thinking, "oh my god shut the F(beep) up already." Yeah I should've expected that, but even if I should've expected that, it is so girly even by girls standards.
But anyways, even though it is so over-the-top girly, and whimsical, at least it convinces the audience that Tinkerbell and Periwinkle were sisters, Frozen just tells us and doesn't do anything after that, I'm still convinced that they're sisters but not convinced enough.
It's so sad to think that a Direct to DVD movie is better than a theatrically released film. Tinkerbell Secret of the Wings was the better sister movie than Frozen.
HEY LOOK IT'S RAPUNZEL!!!! AND FLYNN!!!!!!
Oh, and one more question: Why is Kristoff's name spelled like this (Kristoff) in the script when in reality the correct way to spell it is this (Christoph)?