I’m always thrilled that I live in a time where it is perfectly acceptable for a grown man to openly enjoy Disney musicals. No more watching in secret and occasionally getting and having to say, “I’m watching it to make fun of it!” But now generations old and young can accept them and I can happily say that even though Frozen is not as good as Disney’s last musical, Tangled, it is still a beautiful sight to behold, ranking as one of their best.
It has everything you could hope for ranging from Disney’s application of modern, quirky humor and dialogue to classic style when telling a fairy tale. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen is a tale few probably know—maybe because it’s not about a prince saving a princess from a dragon in a castle.
Focusing on a princess named Anna (Kristen Bell) trying to save her estranged sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) when her powers force her into the mountains brings a new, far more accessible and endearing take on the genre that’s mostly about a boy and a girl who discover true love. They even poke fun at their earlier movies when Anna decides to marry a prince she just met with others going, “Woah, you’re gonna marry a guy you just met?”
But there are two handsome gentlemen in the mix—the Prince Hans Anna thinks she loves and an ice salesman she doesn’t plan to fall in love with but does. They don’t have much to do until the end, even in the musical department, but hey, they sort of need to be there.
The humor belongs to a loveable snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) who doesn’t understand what bringing back summer will do to him. He steals the show with his goofy and oblivious demeanor and may become so popular that may even get his own show someday. Princess Anna is much more entertaining than past archetypes, embodying that quirky sense of humor I mentioned earlier and even giving Olaf a run for his money. They are both just so damn adorable.
The musical numbers here are great, given that Disney is bulletproof when it comes to that matter. But the movie lacks one big number that stands out, maybe because there isn’t one central romantic storyline fit for a ballad. There are one or two like Let It Go that may end up being the Oscar nominated theme, but none with the power like Tangled’s, I See the Light.
But no matter, Frozen is a hilarious, timely and coincidentally warming movie fit for anyone with a pumping heart. It has breathtaking visuals—especially during the construction of Elsa’s mountain hideaway—up-to-date humor and dialogue and a story that compensates for any lack of romantic scale that will be sure to stop brothers and sisters from putting gum in each others’ hair…if at least till after Christmas.