Synopsis: Elsa, a princess with superpowers just like Iceman from X-Men, loses her cool and freezes the kingdom of Arendelle, much like Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. Now her sister, Anna, must convince her not to be such a flatliner with the help of a mountain man, a goofy reindeer and an even goofier snowman who’s built of snow and goofiness.
Would you be able to sit through it?: No doubt! There are a few too many musical numbers for my taste but there’s enough here for adults to feel like they aren’t being left out in the cold. But you may want your earmuffs for “Let It Go.”
Any scary/violent parts?: There’s a lot of talk about death, wolf-creatures who may be actual wolves, one of the characters turns out to be a royal jerk, and there’s a big snowmonster that may bring on flurries of fright.
Anything that will screw up your kid’s head?: It may render them inconsolable when their snowmen melt this winter.
Any lessons to be learned?: Be true to yourself, love is unconditional, snowmen aren’t anatomically correct.
Recommended age: 4. Most of the movie is whimsical and fun but does get pretty chilling in some scenes, particularly in the third act.
Rent it, buy it or avoid it?: Buy! Another really good princess movie from Disney, who’s been killing it in that department in recent years with this, Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, and nicely continues the trend of princesses getting things done themselves and not being completely helpless. Frozen isn’t quite as good as those two, but it’s better than Brave. I think my biggest problem with it was it was too musical theater. Very show-tuney, much more than the standard musical numbers in most Disney films. But that’s just a nitpick, and a lot of people will like that, it’s just not my thing. The songs in Tangled and Princess and the Frog feel more natural and flow with the story better. In Frozen it’s a lot of showstoppers. Also, the story is pretty by-the-numbers, with predictable twists. Everything turns out exactly like you think it would. But overall, it’s entertaining, with beautiful animation, an Arrested Development reference, trolls, witchcraft, etc., and will leave you with a warm feeling in your otherwise icy heart.
Score: 7.75 snowblowers (out of 10)
My Daughter’s Review: “Frozen was pretty cool!”
Short Film: Playing in front of Frozen was a Mickey Mouse short called Get a Horse! The short starts out as a classic ’30s-style Mickey Mouse cartoon, then the action spills out into the THIRD dimension. It’s really cool to see and I would actually recommend buying a 3D ticket just for the purpose of watching this short. Well worth the extra money to have that experience of that cartoon appearing to happen right in front of you. I caught my daughter looking around the theater a few times to see if Mickey and the gang were actually in there with us. They were.