“I received complimentary admission to facilitate my review of this venue but all opinions are my own”
The DIVA and I had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of FROZEN this past Monday. If I had to sum the movie in one word it would be “breathtaking!” The opening credits, the scenery, the music, the story…I just can’t speak highly enough of what a block busting hit Disney has made.
Now I know you’re thinking “yes, but you love Disney anyway.” While true, I can honestly say I have not been moved from the moment of the opening scene since the Lion King. In fact, I would compare the start of FROZEN to the Lion King. Lion King’s Circle of Life number has even the harshest of critics speaking highly of it. I still get tears watching. Well, be prepared (no pun intended) to repeat that. From that first note to seeing the beautiful animation in true Disney fashion. Disney did not disappoint. Don’t believe me? FROZEN has already earned $93 million just it’s opening weekend!
So wonder what all the excitement is about? The story starts when Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and her older sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) are young kids. They were close and bonded with the magic of Elsa’s powers. But due to an accident, Elsa must learn to keep her powers a secret and the girls are kept apart. Through the years Anna tried again and again to reconnect with her sister but only gets silence. Tragedy soon brings forth a new chance as Elsa is to be crowned Queen of Arendelle, and it starts to look like they can be sisters once more; but fear over comes Elsa. Which not only reveals her secret but traps the kingdom into an eternal winter.
Fearless and optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey to find her sister and make her bring back summer. Along the way she meets and teams up with a rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven. With their help and that of a hilarious snowman named Olad (voice of Josh Gad) they go to save Arendelle.
Of course there are obstacles and twist and turns along the way. Harsh elements with Everest like conditions, a giant Marshmallow, bad guys in disguise, mystical trolls, and more. In the end it is true love that saves the day and unites Anna, Elsa and their kingdom once again.
My favorite part of the movie is right after Elsa’s secret is revealed and she flees. The emotion is powerful and all over. The relief to be “free” and no longer having to hide who she is but yet the isolation and leaving behind the life she knew so that she could keep her sister Anna safe. This is also where she becomes the Snow Queen and truly comes to know her powers. The beauty of what she creates is again, breathtaking. Add the song “Let It Go” and you can just feel it.
FROZEN is guaranteed to entertain everyone. Young and old. Boys and girls. Action, comedy, suspense and love. There is even the lessons of not to judge and fear others and to be happy with who you are. Different is what makes us who we are and in the end special.
I can not wait to own this movie never mind see it again in theaters, which I also plan to do. If you get the chance, I would recommend 3D for this film due to the short film “Get A Horse” that plays before. You will not be disappointed.
This was originally posted in Conyers Macaroni Kid. Copied over 2/14/17