Unpopular opinion alert: Frozen is neither original, uplifting or musically inclined and is a derivative attempt to revitalize the Disney name.
Archon understands Walt Disney Animations has been in a slump, chronically in the shadow of the magnificent and innovative Pixar Studios – but that is no excuse to elevate an average animated film to superstardom – our argument for the hoopla of Frozen.
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen”, Frozen tells the fateful tale of the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa and Anna, princesses of Arendelle, were once happy children until Elsa, burdened and blessed with the mystical power to conjure ice and snow with her touch, accidentally nearly killed her sister. Elsa’s fear of her powers causes her to distance herself from her sister until the crown is passed on to her. Forced into the spotlight and still unable to control her powers, she accidentally encases her kingdom in ice and thrusts it into an infinite winter. Anna and her new found friends Olaf and Kristoff race to save her sister and Arendelle from a blistery fate.
Frozen is not a bad animated film, and on the scope of Disney films of recent times its damn near perfect. Do not let lowered expectations and hopefulness deceive you, Frozen is not fantastic nor comparable to the legendary counterparts along the likes of The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid and others.
As a Disney animated film, we were completely on board with the film up and to the point of the musical number “Do You Want to Build a Snow Man?” The story was progressing quickly, the characters were unique and starting to take shape and the film’s inner light was starting to show. What followed can only be called a medley of unnecessary musical numbers, followed by irritating and simplistic supporting characters and a weak core conflict, antagonist and resolution. Frozen tries to tote the testament of love, family, sisterhood but reverts to a holey plot and poor character and plot development. As a narrative and a film, it is not fully formed and relies on the Disney name and stellar vocal abilities of the actors involved.
It is very clear from the film that Frozen will be a hit with the youngsters but it just doesn’t have that spark of its predecessors to stand the test of time. As some films literally continue to be beloved for over fifty years in some cases. As quickly as it catches on, Frozen will burn out and fade away in adoration with the addition of the next “It” feature film.