Movie review: Frozen
We’ve watched Frozen more than a hundred times by now and it just doesn’t get old. It’s such a hit with the kids that they can sing all the songs word for word.
Storyline in short
The Snow Queen, Elsa, runs away when the people in her kingdom find out that everything she touches turns to ice. Nevertheless, her sister, Anna; Kristoff, a mountain man; Olaf, a living snowman; and a reindeer named Sven set out to find the queen and bring her back to the kingdom.
My four-year-old daughter most definitely loved princess Elsa and my six-year-old son simply adored Olaf.
My son’s favourite part was the battle with the snow monster while my daughter loved all the songs in this movie. And I’m right there with her—it reminded me of watching Mary Poppins as a child and singing the songs all day long.
Discussions/questions to be prepared for
“What would we do, mummy, if you both die?”
“Can you do magic?”
“Is magic real?”
PG: Some scenes may scare very young children.
Starring: (voices of) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Williams
Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Running time: 108 minutes
Rated: PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)
Violence/Gore: People are blasted with frozen air/icicles, punched, accidentally hit, thrown to the ground, play-shoved, pursued, attacked by wolves, attacked by a snow creature, near-shot (arrows), near-crushed, chained, tied up, slapped, impaled, burned, near-melted, frozen, knocked overboard. People dangle precariously, fall over high cliffs, slide down embankments. Animals are hit with objects, fall into icy water. Burning objects, explosion, shipwreck. Arguing, loud roaring. Close-up of saw cutting ice (blade appears to lunge toward audience). An animation shows a girl under threat from evildoers. A painting shows a man brandishing a sword. Treason, sororicide (killing one's own sister), death sentence mentioned. A character says "you're going to kill yourself" (figurative). A child is accidentally injured (fall).
Sex/Nudity: Kissing, flirting. Female characters wear tight-fitting gowns. Group of people wearing towels in a sauna.
Vices/Drug use: Alcohol (champagne).
Offensive language: Butt. Name-calling. Gender, genre, sibling, regional, cultural, animal stereotypes.
Themes: Sisters, princesses, winter, magical powers, secrets, royalty, confinement, estrangement, coronation, engagement, romance, desperation, dancing, true love, betrayal, greed, summer, identity, empowerment, forgiveness, love, fear, responsibility, musicals, fairytales, Hans Christian Andersen.
Hidden extras: Deceased parents. Deceased sister mentioned. Marriage proposal. Fireworks, waterfalls, lightning, thunder, full moon, fireplace, burning torch, snowstorm, northern lights. Horses, reindeer, trolls, snowman, seagulls, duck, ducklings, pickled fish, wolves with scary yellow eyes, bees. Curses, sorcery mentioned. Picking nose and eating it mentioned. Drool, spitting. Brief foreign language (no subs). Very loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
Critics like: Female-positive, gorgeous, fabulous, magical, energetic, humourous, accomplished. Breath-taking visuals, heart-stopping action, unforgettable songs, good character work, playful humour, crafty plot, unexpected twists, emotionally gripping, unforced use of 3D, classic Disney.
Critics don't like: Formulaic. Some banal dialogue, hasty conclusion, falters slightly during middle act.
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