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: 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: '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.
Summary: You children will want to watch this over and over again, and the good news is that the film is good enough, clever enough, and with solid enough animation and music that you won’t suffer one bit from the repetition. In fact, you’ll come away from it appreciating the Disney artistry more with every viewing.
Excerpt: "Frozen" is Disney's latest entrant into its classic fairy-tale animation history, albeit more in the mold of "Tangled" than "Sleeping Beauty," and mostly lives up to its formidable ancestry even as it tweaks said ancestry's nose.
Excerpt: Lest you forget amid all the noise made by Marvel Studios and Star Wars rumors, Walt Disney Pictures still does big business in princesses, and they're aiming to prove it with their mammoth new holiday season release Frozen . Very, very loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, it's the story of a vaguely Nordic kingdom and the two orphaned sisters, Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell), charged with running it.