“The cold never bothered me anyway…” This was a line from the famous song of the animated film “Frozen”. I actually knew about this film when I first saw its trailer in a cinema. It caught my attention and interest at that first time but I guess it never really had the impact since I was able to forget it soon and also since it was a Disney movie which I don’t usually spend money on. But then, days after its movie release, I started seeing a lot of reviews about it on the internet, and all of them are definitely good, especially when talked about its original song “Let It Go” which is actually composed by a Filipino-American couple. This film has been acclaimed as the second highest-grossing animated film behind Toy Story 3 and is the highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film.
When it comes to animated films, I have always been a fan of Pixar since it’s their movies which really leave a mark on me. But after watching Frozen, my perspectives on animated films really changed since for me, it brought something different on the plate of the usual animated films out there. Frozen is about the journey of two sisters, named Elsa who has cryokinesis where she could control and create ice and snow, and Anna who is her fun-loving, awkward and excited younger sister. The beginning of the film shows the two girls playing while they were young, which also introduces the powers and capabilities of Elsa. She accidentally hit Anna in the head, resulting to a few strands of her hair turning white due to ice. This presented the dilemma faced by Elsa with her powers; she couldn’t control it thus through every touch and wave of her hand, everything turns to ice. Because of this, the two girls were separated from each other by their parents and the power of Elsa was hidden from everyone else to protect the girls. Time passed by and Elsa is already Queen, but they still have the same problem and this time it’s the whole kingdom which froze due to Elsa’s uncontrollable power. Conflict arises when Elsa accidentally hit Anna in the heart, thus freezing her which could only be thawed by “an act of true love”.
The film ended on a happy note of course, with the two sisters reconciling and Elsa finally being able to control her powers. I really enjoyed the plot of this film, as you could see that they tried to deviate from the normal “fairy taley” scenes that we keep watching in animated films. This is already evident in how the story revolved around the two sisters, instead on any romantic involvement with a prince charming, although they still tried to put romance there but is only limited. They were really able to put a nice story between two female lead characters which I don’t think has been done by other animated films yet, since having two female leads at the same time kind of gives challenges like the differences in their characters, expressions and emotions should be evident enough to differentiate them from each other. Aside from the unique story line, what made this film so good was the superb cinematography and of course the music.
This Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner of Best Animated Feature Film definitely deserved its awards because of all the amazing visuals and editing. While watching the film, you would have an illusion that you’re actually there with the actors in the scene and that you would feel the very low temperature. The snow looks really believable that you could almost feel its smooth texture and soft complexion by just watching. The powers of Elsa exhibited great visuals too, for instance the resulting snowflakes shown in the movie really had intricate design and the castle that she built was so wonderfully made that even though she only created that castle for a few minutes in the film, they were still able to illustrate its great design and architecture, almost like a smaller, frozen Hogwarts was built right before our eyes. Now to the music that captured the hearts of all the viewers. The film had two songs that definitely became a hit, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and of course “Let It Go”. The first song showed how well they were able to incorporate the songs into the movie and conversations of characters. Typical of a musical, the characters suddenly just belt out into song at all random events in the film which I usually find annoying but they were able to do them in smooth transitions. Some of their songs are conversational like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” which is Anna talking to Elsa to come play with her and “Love Is An Open Door” which is the declaration of love between Anna and Hans. They were able to portray their messages to each other flawlessly with these catchy songs. Another type of song is the monologue-ish type, where the character is just feeling too much emotion that she just can’t keep anymore so she sings. “Let It Go” is without a doubt such an incredible song matched with the killer vocals of Idina Menzel and the spectacular animations and visual effects while building that breathtaking ice castle that would just give you chills and goosebumps.
What made this song special was also the message and theme of the song itself, which shows vulnerability, fragility and heart despite the icy-cold façade of the character Elsa. The music was a very big part of the film as it helped portray the intended message and reveal the emotions of the characters.
As an overall, this film will certainly give you an icy and chilly feeling but with just enough dose of heart to warm you inside. With exceptional cinematography, music, storyline, and characters, Frozen is surely a must-not-miss movie of the year that would make you long for winter, snow, and everything nice, coz the cold never bothered us anyway.