By: Cynthia A.
Directed by: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Screenplay by: Jennifer Lee
Story by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee & Shane Morris
Based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad & Santino Fontana
Newly crowned Queen Elsa has a secret: she has the power to create snow and ice. As a child it was always something fun to play with alongside her little sister Anna, but when an accident almost leads to her sister freezing to death, Elsa hides away her powers and hides away from her sister creating a rift between the pair. But on the night of her coronation an accident leads to her revelation of her powers and with emotions on high she casts an eternal winter on the town. Anna embarks on a journey to talk to her sister and save her and their realm. Unfortunately, nothing goes as planned and evil hides in the dark ready to strike when the kingdom is weakest.
Beautiful is the word that perfectly describes this movie. As an animated movie we expect a lot, especially where Disney is concerned. Not only is this movie of the animated genre, it is also a musical, another field we expect Disney to excel in. And in both respects, it was spectacular. The animation was breathtaking, marvelous and beautiful. With the ice and the sky and the way the animators went into detail of making everything smooth and captivating, especially the design of the ice palace and the snow storms were just beautiful.
Then there was the story that was wonderful. Each of the characters brought something to the table developing the story in such a wonderful way. These are characters that you care about, characters that bring the movie and the story to life. They are characters akin to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, characters that fight for their happy endings, that suffer through the hardships, the plot twists and the surprises along the way. This is a princess tale where the Princess, much like in Tangled, is her own savior and that rises to the occasion and full of heart and love and strength. The characters in this movie just bring the movie and the brilliant story to life, a story with a strong beginning middle and end an easy story to follow, along with a clear premise. It was fun and entertaining and just an all around well made movie.
Oh, and then the music. The songs were amazing in this movie, sing-a-long songs, again reminiscent of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. They are captivating, fun and entertaining and hearing Idina Menzel belt out those lyrics was just superb. This in a movie that will go down in Disney as a beautiful and fun loving movie.
Another wonderful Disney adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen. ★★★★ (A+)