Film Review: Frozen

There are just times when you need to escape, you need I need a break from the everyday trials and stresses of life. Those moments where you just need to switch your brain off, forget about life and essentially spend some time having a mind numbing, do nothing experience.

Today is one of those days and Frozen is one of those films.

There is no denying that as a 30 year old, I am not the target audience they had in mind when painstakingly creating Frozen. It is aimed primarily at young children and you can tell. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen is a mash up of musical, meets cartoon, meets cynical “Christmas” money spinner, whether that be through its over use of 3D or obvious attempt at merchandise creation.

I must say at this point that I watched in 2D so cannot comment on what exactly the 3D adds to the overall viewing experience, but can say, you can easily tell it’s primarily aimed at 3D. From the very first shot you can tell this film was designed to be seen in 3D. Long panning shots, large runs through extended depth of fields and plenty of foreground snowflakes twinkerling happily around the screen, in 2D you just sit there thinking “well that’s for 3D, and that, and that..”; although like I said, I’m not the target audience, and I doubt the hordes of pre-teenage kids, breaking every rules in the wittertainment code of conduct, while trying their parents patience for the 1,000th time this festive period, look at it in the quite same way.

I think it’s more likely, that while I tore each frame apart piece by piece, the rest of the audience, gave the film a more basic interpretation – or to quote the little girl a few rows behind me “look at her pretty dress”.

Now, the film does have the odd “grown up” moment, and for a movie I only went to see as an act of escapism, it is ironically, a warm and enjoyable film. But it drags, it seems to go on and on and on. Which as a kids film is unusual. Even the Mickey Mouse animated short shown beforehand dragged. It’s not actually that long – it tops the scales at just over 100 minutes, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s one and a half times that length.

I know I’m being overly harsh on it, honestly, Frozen is OK, and for its target audience it’s perfect. No doubt, it’s festive box office takings (currently at $650,000,000 dollars making it 2013’s 9th biggest film) will reflect this, but for me it is a “watch only once” movie. If next year it’s taking up some prime time space on a terrestrial TV channel I won’t bother with it again.

It just misses the mark of becoming a classic Disney cartoon, I don’t think you’ll ever see it sat on the same pedestal as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and dare I say it, The Lion King. It just felt a bit forced, and at times like it was trying just a little too hard to guarantee franchise and merchandise success.

I have been trying really hard not to include any puns or cheesy metaphors in this review but I can’t finish without simply saying “Frozen, just like the Christmas turkey it takes longer than you expect to defrost”.

I’m sorry, I’m so, so sorry!

6 out of 10 stars (6 / 10)

Posted on by 5WC in Film First Edition

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