Finally caught Frozen (yes really late considering it came out in November). Surprised it’s even still showing. Overall, it was a good movie but I definitely wished they had gone even more in-depth with Idina Menzel’s character, Elsa. She was the most intriguing character in the story, facing alienation from everyone around her including her family since such a young age. She also had to forcefully isolate herself to protect those closest to her, and in so doing, ironically pulled the distance further between herself and them. There is this very similar theme as the X-men movies of feeling alienation and unacceptance by society because one is different, being a mutant. Frozen could have gone down the road of an X-men Origins story and devoted more screen-time to show her inner struggles even as she’s growing up. And besides, Idina Menzel’s such an accomplished performer, surely she could do with more songs. She’s still a bit under-used in the film despite being one of the main characters. And she is definitely good at playing these anti-hero misunderstood characters. Her Elphaba character in Wicked (and especially her Defying Gravity song) is still often spoken of as an iconic classic. Just look at that one solo that they gave her, Let It Go. Even with just that one performance given, she stole the whole show and it’s no wonder why that’s the most remembered scene in the movie.
Another character I enjoyed was Josh Gad’s Olaf. They were definitely smart in casting him as Olaf. The enthusiasm and exuberance he brought gave the film an optimistic and uplifting tone. A snowman in summer? Now that’s an irony that’s both joyful and carries an underlying sadness at the same time. He gave the film a much needed break from the depressive direction of the plot while also not compromising on the overall theme that one might have been involuntarily disadvantaged from birth as in the examples of Elsa having abilities no one else understands and of Olaf being a snowman that yearns to experience summer which technically is already impossible from his conception. Of course, the film ultimately does find a way to fulfil Olaf’s seemingly impossible dream and also a way for Elsa to coexist with her abilities while still being accepted by society, thus proving the old adage that nothing is impossible.
However, like mentioned above, though it’s a good Disney classic, the film isn’t without its flaws. I wasn’t totally convinced of the plot twist of Hans being a bad guy from the start. It seemed very much like an afterthought, added in too abruptly, giving the character a too shallow personality.
Overall, it is a good comeback film for Disney.