I thought that I would start the Once Upon a Time challenge with a book review but I’m not yet done with The Golem and the Djinni, so I thought I’d watch and write about a movie instead.
Frozen follows the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, the daughters of the king and queen of Arendelle. Elsa, who is older, can create ice and snow, a magic ability she finds increasingly difficult to control as she grows older. No locked rooms or gloves can stop this magic ability from bursting through and on one fateful day Elsa can no longer control her powers and brings winter to the kingdom of Arendelle. Scared by what she has done, she runs and hides high up in the mountains, but her sister Anna is determined to bring Elsa back and put an end to the winter. On her quest she receives help from Kristoff, a young man who earns his living from cutting and delivering ice, his loyal reindeer Sven, and Olaf, a talking snowman.
This is roughly the plot of the story and even though there are a multitude of other tangents, to say more would spoil the surprise. While the story employs the classic fairy tale elements, with a prince and a princess falling in love at first sight and planning to marry, the dreamy beginning punctuated by a few songs gives way to a harsher reality as things are not what they appear to be. The heroine is not a helpless damsel in distress waiting to be rescued by prince charming. She is strong, determined (even if a little clueless at first) and possesses the ability to save herself and others if need be. Olaf provides most of the funny and heart-warming scenes, as he is a most unusual snowman and a true, loyal friend. The men play secondary roles. The Duke of Weselton (just wait until you actually hear his name) and Prince Hans of the Southern Isles are interesting characters whose true nature is revealed as the story nears its climax.
The visuals are stunning – there’s a whole battalion of trolls who can change shape, a giant snow creature that looks quite scary, and beautiful snow and ice artwork that almost made me wish for winter. And even if the story seemed a bit predictable at first, there were two quite shocking moments that quickly turned it on its head and gave it a fresh new direction that was gratifying, sad, and happy at the same time. Love does conquer in the end, but it’s not the kind of love you would expect. A very good retelling of a famous fairy tale that manages to be surprisingly charming and touching without being shallow. If you haven’t figured out which one I’m not going to spoil it for you – I didn’t know it either until the very end. A pleasure to watch and highly recommended.
Click on the link below for a little preview and a great song:
My rating: 5/5 stars