Review: ‘Frozen’ deserves acclaim, but still has flaws

After winning Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globes Awards, Disney’s Frozen is headed to Broadway. The question is, does it really deserve all the hype it’s receiving?

Shortly after being crowned Queen of Arendelle, Elsa (Idina Menzel) is forced out of her kingdom because a terrible secret is revealed at her coronation ball. Arendelle goes into an internal winter, and Anna (Kristen Bell) goes on an adventure to find her sister and save the kingdom. In addition to the popular film, that adventure is now also tapped to be a musical in New York, although a date has not yet been set.

While the movie is truly adorable, it’s impossible to ignore its flaws.

To start, there are too many characters, which takes away from the general story and prevents any kind of individual character development. The only character who has any sort of meaningful development is Anna. Elsa’s character is wonderful and tragic, but never really develops or changes until the end, and she does so quite abruptly.

Overall, there are too many sidekicks. Throughout the movie, Anna meets Hans, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, all of whom are side characters who are simply dropped into the story and never truly developed.

Another mishap is the placement of the musical numbers. They all seem to be crammed into the first half of the movie, which is almost entirely sung.

Despite its flaws, Frozen has a musical score that rivals the likes of The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. “Let it Go,” the musical climax of the movie, might be the most emotionally powerful song Disney has ever produced (with the possible exception of “Hellfire” from The Hunchback).

The animation is truly amazing. Snow is represented in a beautiful way that hasn’t been attempted before in any animation I’ve ever seen. It is fluid and seamless, and Elsa may be the most visually stunning Disney character yet.

The best part is the message of the story. The feminism and focus on the sisters’ relationship is a great plus for the movie.

While Frozen has a handful of imperfections, they can be easily over-looked in favor of seeing the wonderful things that make up for the flaws and then some.

Overall rating: 7.5/10