If you’ve been alive during the month of December, then you’ve heard something about Disney’s newest movie, “Frozen.”
The movie tells the tale of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, in a land called Arendelle. Elsa, the elder, posses the magical ability to create ice and snow. The plot thickens when, on the day of Elsa’s coronation as queen, Elsa accidentally sends Arendelle into winter.
Initially, I was a bit hesitant to see “Frozen.” All I saw was another Disney movie with its title turned into an adjective to appeal to the young male demographic. Disney did this notably with Tangled back in 2010. Frozen strays from the standard Disney casting, and in doing so, stands out from other movies at the box office this season.
Frozen brings Broadway star power to the big screen, casting notable names like Idina Menzel from “Wicked” (Elsa), Santino Fontana from “Cinderella” (Hans), Jonathan Groff from “Spring Awakening” (Kristoff), and Josh Gad from “The Book of Mormon” (Olaf). Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna, though prominently featured in film nowadays, also made her debut on Broadway. The high quality vocals transform “Frozen” from just another Disney movie into one I’d be happy to see in the theater ten times. Songs from its soundtrack like “Let it Go” will be stuck in my head for the rest of winter break.
Aside from the songs, Frozen’s new take on the classic love story is empowering for all theater-goers. The movie puts emphasis on the idea that love is powerful in all its forms, not just romantic love. Love for our friends, love for our siblings, can save the day.
Frozen is indicative of the time we are living in. Though I don’t need a prince, I sure would like one.
Frozen is rated PG and runs 102 min.