Movie review: Frozen

Movie review: Frozen


108 mins/Now showing/***1/2

The story: Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), afraid of hurting people with her power of freezing everything she touches, flees her kingdom of Arendelle to live alone.

Her younger sister, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), sets off to look for her, with the help of her mountain-man friend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).

Tis one charming tale that viewers will have no problem warming up to. Like 2010's Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale, this is centred on a Disney princess whom little girls can look up to.

Many of the classic Disney princesses, after all, are old-fashioned damsels in distress. Great marketing tools for the animation studio, perhaps, but hardly the best female role models around.

Frozen's Princess Anna, however, is having none of that. When her elder sister Queen Elsa flees town, she insists on going after her through blizzards, despite everyone warning her of how dangerous the journey would be.

Feisty and fiercely independent, she is also very real. She may be a princess who grew up in a castle, but she is hardly the perfect doll-like creature a la Cinderella.

When she wakes up, her hair is a mess and she drools all over the place. Boy-girl dynamics take a back seat to the sisterhood story here - showing young viewers that life is not all about waiting for Prince Charming. In fact, the film openly mocks Disney's old fairytale romance tropes.

When Anna appears to have fallen for the handsome Prince Hans (Santino Fontana) and agrees to his proposal within the same day, things look set for a happily-ever-after.

But instead of beaming and throwing confetti in the air, those around her disapprove and grill her on whether she is serious about him. No dreamy whirlwind romance here.

When Kristoff joins her on her adventure, a love triangle ensues, making things more interesting.

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