The movie: FROZEN (Disney)
When it’s in theatres: November 27, 2013
What it’s about: Sisters Elsa and Anna are best friends, and Anna delights in Elsa’s magical powers to create ice and snow with the flick of a finger. When Anna creeps into Elsa’s bedroom one fateful morning and suggests they build a snowman, we learn that Elsa’s powers are growing and she’s losing control of them. Anna is accidentally hurt and their parents take the family to see a troll king who assures them she will recover but erases all memory of Elsa’s powers in Anna’s mind. The girls are separated and Anna grows up wondering what became of the close relationship she once had with her sister. When their parents are killed and Elsa is coronated as Queen, she winds up turning the village into perma-winter and running off to create an ice castle in faraway mountains.
What begins as a rather emotional movie turns to hilarity as we meet Olof the Snowman and a host of other funny characters. We welcomed the comic relief and loved all of the songs throughout the movie as the unlikely pairing of Anna, Olof, a reindeer and his human friend go off in search of Elsa to bring back summer.
Why FROZEN earned a PG rating is beyond me. There is no reason this film shouldn’t be rated for the whole family. If you have a sensitive viewer, there is a large, mean snowman who makes a somewhat scary appearance part-way through, but he’s got nothing on evil characters from some other Disney favourites.
What Miss Q said: “Elsa’s silver dress is so beautiful. I like her castle.”
The verdict? The music is some of Disney’s best, and as soon as Elsa started singing, I knew it was Idina Menzel (because I am obsessed with Wicked, in which she starred in the original Broadway cast; though you may know her from Glee). I didn’t know Kristen Bell could sing, but she wows as Anna. We’ve already downloaded some of the music, and you’ll probably hear Demi Lovato’s cover of “Let it Go” on the radio soon.
It’s 100 minutes long and kept our interest from beginning to end. We were two moms in our 30s with a two year old, nearly three year old and five year old in tow. None of them asked to go home…and that doesn’t always happen.
Get bundled up and head to the theatre to see this movie! Come home and drink hot chocolate and talk about some of the important messages in FROZEN, like loving your siblings, feeling your feelings and not getting engaged to someone you met that day.