My family recently went to see the Disney movie Frozen. We saw it in Manhattan which means our first choice and second choice shows were sold out and we had to stand on a massive line to get into our third choice show. By the time we sat down, I was more relieved than anything.
Over the past few years I have seen more than my share of animated Disney films and have never felt the need to report in excitedly about them. But Frozen had much of what I look for in a good movie or read—quick pace, funny bits, beautiful imagery, and even a few well-hidden plot twists. Also, you know how Disney always has that one “character” whose job is to embarrass himself for laughs? In this case, he (Olaf the Snowman) is genuinely funny.
The best part, though, is that it drop-kicks to the curb some Disney tropes. Frozen is the first Disney animated movie to be directed by a woman, by the way—and she wrote it too. For those of us wary of feeding little minds the everyone-needs-a-prince philosophy, the messages in Frozen are a relief.
It must be mentioned, Frozen is all about the power and complexity of sister-love, a topic close to my heart (and mind) as I prep to send The Never Never Sisters out into the world . . .
So, I highly recommend Frozen! (Especially if you’re not seeing it on opening weekend in Manhattan.)