I’m probably that last person on the internet who is writing a review of Frozen. You’ve likely already been to see it and I know I’m a terrible Disney fan for not going to see it sooner. Sometimes life happens and it is what it is. The boys and I finally went to see it this weekend and I’m going to share my two cents for what it’s still worth.
Yes we took the Yeti and Olaf to see Frozen too 🙂
Please note that this will contain spoilers so if there’s someone out there beside me who still hasn’t seen it, you may want to check out this review from The Dragyn’s Lair without spoilers.
Here’s the official trailer from Disney:
Since so many others had seen it, I heard it would be a tear jerker. This wasn’t really news to me since it was a Disney movie and they always make me cry about something. I grabbed a few extra napkins when we were getting snacks since I forgot to stick tissues in my pocket.
While we were waiting for the movie to start, we were watching the ads for Disney and the “Show your #DisneySide” campaign. Of course the boys were talking about Disney. While it’s great that Disney is using a captive audience to advertise, it didn’t really seem like they did it effectively. The boys answered questions from the family behind us after my oldest piped up that we’d “been about fifteen times and were going again in two weeks” and getting all the trivia questions right. When a 9 year old has to answer questions and sell people on your brand, there’s something wrong in my eyes. Anyways, back on track.
On thing I really like about Disney movies is the short that’s included at the beginning and that there’s always something at the end of the credits. The little short was ok this time – the addition was a little too violent in my opinion but it wasn’t too terrible I guess.
Then the movie started. I was sitting on the end of our group of three and my youngest was sitting next to me. When the movie begins, there’s a black screen between the short ending and the movie starting. A saw blade being shoved through the ice is how the movie starts which sent my youngest almost literally into my lap. I get starting off with a bang but it was a little to literal for him.
Throughout the movie the boys seemed to have a lot of questions. “Why are they cutting up the ice?” “Where did the parents go?” “How come they didn’t just talk to their daughters?” “How could they leave her locked alone in her room?” Most of the questions I just shushed since we were in a movie theater and honestly, after the ice scene is pretty much when I started crying so “shh” was about all I could get out.
After the ice harvesting, you get to meet Anna and Elsa and see them playing with Elsa’s power to be able to make snow and ice. Sadly while trying to protect her sister, Anna’s accidentally shot with the frozen air and has to be taken to the trolls to save her. I loved the trolls! Honestly I think they, along with Sven and Olaf, made the movie and provided the light heartedness that was needed in the movie. Since Elsa was no longer to able to control her ever growing powers, she was left alone in her room in the castle.
For some reason at this point the parents left for a two week voyage but a storm sunk their ship and they were killed. Honestly, I was slightly glad to see both parents were killed instead of just the mom in normal Disney fashion. And this is where the tears began for me. Watching Anna sit outside her sister’s room begging to spend time with her was just too much for me. (truth be told, I’m crying while writing this review just thinking about it) In my life I’ve been on both sides of the door. When my parents divorced, I lived in a very small town where everyone knew everything about everyone, or at least they thought they did. I was completely alone growing up and could relate to how Elsa felt wanting to be with her sister but not being able to interact with her. As I got older, I became more like Anna begging people to spend time with me so I wasn’t alone. While I eventually learned this wasn’t a good idea (and Anna did too – more on that later), I could relate to how Anna was feeling just wanting to enjoy life with someone.
Eventually Anna convinced Elsa to open the gates of the castle to allow the rest of the kingdom in (they’d been ordered closed by the parents so no one would learn of Elsa’s powers) for Elsa’s coronation when she became queen.
While Elsa was terrified of someone finding out her power, Anna was beside herself having other people around and quickly became set on finding the love of her life since this was likely the only day the gates would be open. Again, I can relate. I love getting together with people like Anna does to have fun and laugh. Instead of putting myself out there like Anna, I hesitate like Elsa in case people find a reason to not like me or laugh at me.
The day seemed to go well for everyone until Anna met a prince and decided she wanted to marry him. When asking for Elsa’s blessing, things didn’t go well. Anna accidentally grabbed Elsa’s glove allowing her powers to be free and exposing her to Anna and everyone in the kingdom. To this point Anna didn’t remember that her sister had any powers so she was in just as much shock as everyone else.
Being afraid and embarrassed, Elsa left the kingdom, unintentionally freezing it as she left. As Elsa headed into the mountains covered in snow, she began to feel more and more like she belonged and could be herself.
Anna knew she had to find her sister to help bring summer back to the kingdom. Leaving her fiance in charge of the kingdom, Anna headed off. During her journey, she met Kristoff and Sven. She was able to convince them to help her find her sister in the mountains. On this journey is where they met Olaf, an adorable snowman that Anna remember her sister making with her when she was younger.
Finally they were able to locate Elsa’s ice castle and Anna tried to talk with Elsa to have her come back to the kingdom. Elsa declined and was frustrated that she wasn’t able to thaw the kingdom and bring back summer. Again, Elsa accidentally struck Anna with her frozen powers but this time in the heart instead of the head. Kristoff was able to take Anna back to his family (the adorable trolls!!) who he thought could help her. This was one of the boy’s favorite parts. They really loved these guys. Sadly the trolls couldn’t help – the only way to thaw Anna’s heart was with an act of true love.
During the searching for the castle and the obstacles they had to overcome I started to wonder how much longer the movie was. This is where the movie took a turn and things began to get interesting. To protect herself, Elsa created a snow monster to protect her ice castle.
As Kristoff rushed Anna back to the kingdom, we all knew Olaf was right – she needed true love’s kiss. Hans, Anna’s fiance that she had left in charge of the kingdom, wasn’t willing to give her a kiss. Instead, he locked her in a room and told the servants that Anna had died. Even my youngest leaned over and told me “that wasn’t very nice”.
Thankfully Olaf was around because he found Anna before she completely froze and helped reunite her with Kristoff. Before they could find each other, Elsa’s powers became even more strong as Hans tried to capture and kill her so he could take over the kingdom. This caused a huge blizzard. As Elsa made her way back to the village, Hans found her and told her Anna had died because of her powers. Suddenly the storm stopped and Anna risked her life to save her sister. Because she never got that act of true love, Anna became frozen while saving her sister.
Elsa mourned the loss of her sister which brought Anna back to life. I loved that in this movie the act of true love was her sister loving her – not a kiss from a guy. Elsa learned that the way to undo her power of freezing the kingdom was through love and everything began to melt. Ironically, Hans wound up on the same boat as the sisters since they were in the middle of the water when things melted. The way Anna took care of Hans was priceless.
Overall I thought the movie ended well and had a really great message. Yes I cried through most of it since it really hit home for me. I don’t think the boys really understood it deeply which is ok. Some day I think they’ll get the message while I hope they can never relate to the feelings. One thing I wasn’t expecting to love was the music. That was beyond amazing and I’ll be going out to purchase the soundtrack for sure. I was expecting a lot more singing based on some other reviews of it being compared to a musical but I didn’t really think it was too bad. Enough music to make it interesting but not enough to call it a musical in my book. I would have loved to see more Olaf, Sven and the trolls and wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a Disney Junior show about Olaf in the future (the trolls kind of reminded me of the dancing trolls in Sophia the First). Another thing I wouldn’t be surprised to see is a sequel to this movie. There were lots of unanswered questions both in the back story and what happened after the kingdom defrosted. With how popular the movie was, I’d guess another related movie is probably already in the works somewhere. If you saw and loved the movie, you can already pre-order the DVD.