Excerpt: I doubt anyone at Disney knew how big Frozen would become. I'm sure they had high hopes after the critical and commercial success of Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph , but who knew that a fairy tale about two sisters, a talking snowman, and a whole lot of ice would go on to be the highest grossing animated movie of all time?
Conclusion: 'Frozen' is quite simply one of the best Disney Princess movies ever made. This engaging musical is firmly grounded in its classic Disney roots while blazing a new path. It is also an important display of fully-rounded female characters, balancing heroics and flaws and fears. But now comes the hard part... To import or not to import? 'Frozen 3D' [UK Import] is Region-Free.
Excerpt: Elsa could make a killing in hockey rink development as Frozen’s half-villain, half-hero, a born ice sorceress with brilliant vocal cords. Capped with a crown on her 21st birthday, Elsa becomes disenchanted, slinging icicles toward the Disney Princess lines during the film’s bumpy first act… and then Olaf happens. Olaf (Josh Gad) shouldn’t work, a ditzy side character with a superficial comedic look.
Excerpt: In the kingdom of Arendelle, a young girl named Elsa resides. She wants to be just like everyone else, but she is to be Queen when she grows up, so she faces more than the normal pressures. Elsa also happens to possess some incredible powers, as she is able to wield control over the elements of cold, even to the point of creating ice and freezing temperatures.
Excerpt: When I saw the first teaser trailer for Frozen I thought it was going to be a story about a snowman and a reindeer. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if it was going to be a feature or just a short film attached to something larger. It was only weeks before the film arrived in theaters that I saw the first official non-teaser trailer that had actual humans and revealed a bit about the story, and things started to look interesting.
Excerpt: "Some people are worth melting for.” Although inspired by Hans Christian Andersen ’s “The Snow Queen”––so loosely based on it that the film doesn’t even bother to borrow the original title––“Frozen” is the polar opposite of the dark and dreary source material; anything but frigid and uninvitedly cold.
Conclusion: I'm not a member of the He-Man Woman Haters Club, but on first glance, the female-empowerment fairy tale Frozen did not excite me. However once you watch it, it's hard to not become entranced by the spectacle of music, action, emotion and comedy, which is delivered in an absolutely gorgeous animated package that deservedly earned a pair of Oscars.
Conclusion: I could know this score down a bit for the extras being skimpy, but I’m not. It’s a terrific film with a MONSTER presentation on this Blu-ray disc. This comes highly recommended as its one to put in your collection that you will watch over and over again. And if you’re a parent like me, you KNOW that is definitely going to be the case. Disney has hit the ball way out of the park and into the parking lot 2 blocks over with Frozen.
Conclusion: 'Frozen' is quite simply one of the best Disney Princess movies ever made. This engaging musical is firmly grounded in its classic Disney roots while blazing a new path. It is also an important display of fully-rounded female characters, balancing heroics and flaws and fears. As a Blu-ray, the movie looks and sounds fantastic, with reference quality visuals and a thunderous 7.1 surround mix, but the overall package stumbles a bit because it lacks in the special features...
Summary: It isn't very often that a film lugging around so much baggage -- abandoned concepts, production delays, personnel changes, top to bottom rewrites, and eleventh hour alterations, just to scratch the surface -- ends up being anything other than a complete and total mess. It's rare enough to see a remotely functional movie emerge from the depths of production hell, much less a cleverly structured, memorably staged, wholly entertaining delight.