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Frozen – 2013

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This was undoubtedly one of the most hyped about films of 2013. Another purely Disney creation that dealt with magic, curses, princesses and queens; for a male, what’s not to love?
It must be said, that going into this film, the attitude towards “Frozen” was that it appealed heavily to the demographic of the 13-year-old girl. After watching it, that attitude was more or less consistent, yet not nearly as much.

In a fairytale world, Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), a young sister with an altered memory of her past embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her recently estranged sister Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) (“cough”, John Travolta “cough”). Elsa has abandoned and exiled herself from her hometown after her icy powers break out, making themselves known to the world.

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Concealing them for her whole life and forcing her relationship with Anna to break away, Elsa’s powers are at first uncontrollable, but she soon learns to make the most of independence and use her powers in a controlled and free manner. The insecure and retreated nature of Elsa and her powers appears to be a strong metaphor for any ‘fault’, ‘condition’ or irregularity one may have that makes them self-conscious, introverted and bashful throughout day to day life.

This causes Elsa’s metaphorical struggles to be highly relatable and somewhat universal; we all have our distinguishable features, some of which we wish we didn’t posses, but as Elsa soon learns, the more prolonged the avoidance of the issue, the more attention will be brought to it when it is pushed and provoked. Having said that, this is just one of many interpretations of Elsa’s ‘gift’.

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“Frozen” is powerful epic in many ways. From the explosive ballads, to  the emotional arks experienced by the characters, to the strong promotion of feminism, “Frozen” is certainly different to many of it’s kind.
It is a very serious film at its core; the only outright humorous moments are provided by Olaf the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad) whose inclusion seems necessary for this purpose alone. He is intertwined into the story, given depth and a sub-plot of his own, yet it is apparent that Olaf is primarily there to provide laughs. Olaf is by far the most adorable and delightful supporting character in an animation that is not human or an animal.

What is most impressive about “Frozen” is that it is visually stunning. The exceptional 3D effects throughout create some truly remarkable scenes and some purely mesmerising visuals. Symmetry, colour and vibrance add so much to the film as a whole and are beautiful accompaniments to the enormous score.

“Frozen” was very enjoyable, however it didn’t live up to the hype with all things considered. Some heavily relatable subtexts and some emotionally rich potency throughout, “Frozen” is ironically quite heartwarming and passionate, yet it is not an iconic animation for the ages.

3.5/5

Recommended By Alise Dolly

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