While “Frozen” shares more than a few cliché features of most Disney films such as characters spontaneously breaking into song, a fair young princess in search of Prince Charming, and an ending that reveals that the solution to the story’s central problem is — spoiler alert — love, it also crafts its characters and plot in refreshing and original ways.
For instance, I loved how Anna, one of the female protagonists of the film, is stereotypically feminine in terms of her physical features and her obsession with true love and chocolate, but is also adorably awkward as well as seriously tough, swinging guitars at wolves, punching guys in the face, and generally not taking crap from anyone.
My favorite line from Anna, as she is conversing with the handsome Prince Hans, is: “This is awkward. Not you’re awkward, I mean, I-I’m awkward. You’re gorgeous. Wait, what?”
Also, the plot’s initial antagonist, Anna’s older sister Elsa, is not merely labeled as a witch who curses her kingdom, but she is given a past that explains her overwhelming insecurities and her profound protectiveness towards her younger sister.
Furthermore, the walking, talking snowman Olaf, who loves warm hugs, summer, and all things hot, is a completely creative and unexpected character. If anything, watch the film purely for Olaf’s comments and his hilariously ironic single “In Summer.”
One aspect which I didn’t appreciate was the fact that all of the characters are either stunningly handsome or traditionally drop-dead gorgeous. There is no way anyone could look like Elsa, draped in a glowing blue gown while she struts perfectly in heels across an ice floor. I’m sure that this movie, with its originality, could have pulled off characters who did not stick to stereotypical gender physiques. Hopefully, this will be addressed in future Disney films.
On another note, the film’s soundtrack is pretty awesome: Idina Menzel’s (who plays Elsa) song “Let It Go” in particular is up for an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, and all the other tunes are both catchy and humorous.
Finally, I appreciated what “Frozen” sought to teach its audience about love. Hans and Anna immediately hit it off at the start of the film and appeared to be the perfect couple, but Hans’ reveal as a total jerk with a secret murderous agenda dictates that such love is false.
Kristoff, who becomes Anna’s love interest, is handsome and has an amazing voice but he also talks to reindeer like they are people and, as exemplified in the song “Fixer-Upper,” has more than a few other flaws. This love between Kristoff and Anna, therefore, maintains that real love is not the perfect, flawless relationship that develops between two perfect, flawless people.
What I also enjoyed about the twist ending of “Frozen” is that it teaches its audience, especially the younger generation, the idea that “true love” can be familial. An example is Anna sacrificing herself to save Elsa. Indeed, this is a refreshing change from the idea of “true love” only residing in a prince.
My final verdict is: go watch “Frozen” if you are interested in an uplifting, laugh-out-loud comedy/romance that will keep you singing to yourself for days to come.