Frozen

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Frozen

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Time Out says

Wed Nov 20 2013

There are three things classic Disney animations are supposed to have. One: belting showtunes. Two: a bit of danger and darkness amid all the schmaltz. And three: a conservative message wrapped up in a traditional feelgood happy ending. Loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘Frozen’ initially promises to deliver on all three. We open with two tiny princesses playing together in their parents’ palace.

Elsa is entertaining her younger sibling Anna by shooting ice and snow from her hands, creating a secret nocturnal playground that nods to the classic ‘Mice Follies’ episode of the Tom and Jerry cartoons.

As the girls grow up through the medium of song, the film proper begins, with icy blonde Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) charged never to use her powers or show the world who she really is. Cut off from her repressed older sister, spunky redhead Anna (Kristen Bell) is bored beyond belief, dreaming of true love. As a first act, it’ll do. We get where the characters are coming from, we can see where it might all go wrong for them, and everything looks pretty.

It’s as ‘Frozen’ unfolds that the film kicks up a notch. The standout song, ‘Let It Go’, feels like Disney’s most inspired coming-out anthem yet (‘Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know. Well, now they know’). It’s also now that we meet the irresistible comic relief, Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad), and encounter the danger essential to a satisfying Disney experience. So ‘Frozen’ has tunes and darkness. But most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that subverts fairytale status quo. More of this please, Disney.

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UK release:

Fri Dec 6, 2013

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Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BP Show map/details

  • Address:

    Prince Charles Cinema 7 Leicester Place
    London
    WC2H 7BP

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  • Sun Jul 13:

    • 13:00

Olympic Studios

117-123, Church Road, London, SW13 9HL Show map/details

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    117-123
    Olympic Studios Church Road
    London
    SW13 9HL

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  • Sat Jul 12:

    • 13:00

Watermans

40 High St, Brentford, TW8 ODS Show map/details

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    Watermans 40 High St
    Brentford
    TW8 ODS

  • Venue phone:

    020 8232 1010

  • Venue website:

    www.watermans.org.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Daily 12noon-9pm

  • Transport:

    Tube: South Ealing; Rail: Kew Bridge

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  • Sat Aug 9:

    • 11:00

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Andy S

Lovely kid's film...if more aimed at girls then boy...amazing animation, hilarious characters and catchy songs - which don't quite go down the classic territory in terms of Disney songs. I'm a 30 year old married man with no kids, and I loved it. As good as 'Tangled' - if not better - and certainly on a par with the stronger Pixar movies. Maybe the Toy Story films and Finding Nemo just pip it to the post....but miles better than Cars, Wall E and Up.

Andy S

Lovely kid's film...if more aimed at girls then boy...amazing animation, hilarious characters and catchy songs - which don't quite go down the classic territory in terms of Disney songs. I'm a 30 year old married man with no kids, and I loved it. As good as 'Tangled' - if not better - and certainly on a par with the stronger Pixar movies. Maybe the Toy Story films and Finding Nemo just pip it to the post....but miles better than Cars, Wall E and Up.

marco

Problems I have with Juan Carlos' review: 1. The "Tangled" horse was hilarious; I didn't mind seeing him play a reindeer one bit. 2. The main song from the movie has been stuck in my head for a week. 3. Minions are lame. 4. It's worth 3 out of 5 stars, or maybe 6 out of 10? Not a math major I take it.

Juan Carlos

The film review rather over eggs the film. To be honest the plot and songs are distinctly average. The songs won't live long in the memory and the reindeer is a straight copy of the horse from Tangled. This weekend Disney have re released Mary Poppins to go with Saving Mr Banks and if you watch them both there is light and day between this film and the superb Poppins. If you only see one go for Andrews, Van Dyke and the superb Sherman brothers songs. Its worth 3 star for a run of the mill Disney animation. Better than some but not in the same league as Despicable Me 2, for example.

Juan Carlos

Sorry to rain on the films parade but it is distinctly average. It never really gets going and the songs are instantly forgettable. The reindeer is very much a copy of the horse from Tangled and amusing as the snowman is it only has a limited number of gags. It is worth 3 stars and probably six out of ten. The real problem is that it has opened on the same week as Disney have re released Mary Poppins to aid Saving Mr. Banks and this film is poor in comparison. If you have a choice and have kids that haven't seen Mary Poppins there really isn't a competition it has to be Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke all the way.