WARNING: This blog contains spoilers. All opinions and conclusions in this review are my own.
On April 1st, I posted a fake review of Frozen (which strangely, is STILL getting views and likes on my blog), which many would consider suicide considering how popular this film is. Thankfully, aside from a minor flame war on my Facebook page (which was part of the act), it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Mainly because I think a lot of people saw through the joke. Take that, Man in Shadow! XD
You guys can check out the original April Fools Day post HERE.
But anyway, I figured that, after doing that, it was only right that I did an HONEST review of it. So, I went ahead and brought myself a copy of Frozen – which makes this film the first Disney movie I have ever brought for myself! I wanted to see if this film is really as good as they say it was, but at the same time, I didn’t want to get caught up in the hype and judge it on its own merits.
So, I have just finished seeing the film and now I’m ready to give my honest thoughts. Is this really the best Disney film ever made?
Oh my gosh... this is going to be the best review ever!!! :D
For me, I can sum up this film in one word. Overrated.
WHAT... DID HE JUST SAY?!?
I can already hear the gasps of the millions of Frozen fans, who are probably cursing my name right now – but please just hear me out. This review that you’re reading is JUST MY OPINION. It doesn’t take away from any of the accomplishments that Frozen has done – I just disagree with the hype that it’s been getting. But I will try and explain myself so that you guys don’t think I’m trolling.
Firstly, I am NOT saying that Frozen is a bad film, because there is a difference between a film being bad, and being overrated. On the contrary, Frozen is beautifully animated, the special effects are amazing and the story had a very good moral. But, I have to be honest, at times I did feel the plot moved a little slowly for my tastes and felt a little "by the numbers". Nothing wrong with that, but considering this film has won numerous awards, i was expecting better storytelling.
The characters are, for the most part, brilliant. Anna was just adorable and a great heroine, even if she was a little annoying now and then. Elsa was just awesome! I think I’d actually go so far to say that Elsa is one of the best anti-heroines ever crafted – not to mention she is smoking hot! And I’m not just saying that because she froze me in a previous review! Another character I want to give mention to is Hans – yeah, he was a total bastard, but his character development was brilliant. I love the way that he started off as the hero, only for the film to do a complete swerve and him to show his true colours. However, his heel turn brings up some questions. If his plan was to kill Elsa, why didn't he just kill her there and then instead of bringing her back to the castle? You could argue that he was trying to prove to the other nobles that Elsa should be killed, but seeing as they already wanted her dead anyway at that point, he could have just killed her and no one would have known any different. Maybe I'll just chock this up to a traditional villain flaw.
However, I have to be honest, I found Olaf extremely annoying! Not quite Jar-Jar Binks annoying, but pretty close. Also, what was the point in Kristoff? What did he actually do? And don’t try and tell me that it was him that helped Anna get to Elsa – because Anna proved herself more than capable of looking after herself. It just felt like he was put in, well, just to have a hero. They could have easily cut him out the film and it would have been just as good. Although Sven was pretty cool.
Onto the songs, which many say are the main selling point of the film, harking back to the classic Disney musical films. Honestly, the songs were – just ok – a few good ones, but they didn't really do much for me. Which brings me onto Let It Go, everyone’s favourite Oscar winning song. I know people love it, but *sharp intake of breath* I have to be honest – I HATE this song!
Oh you did NOT just say that!!!
Many of you who read my April Fools post will remember I said something similar to that in the post (albeit a little more over the top). To tell the truth, this was the bit that I was being 100% true. I can’t stand this song! I’d hoped that seeing it in the context of the film would make me change my mind – and whilst that bit is pretty cool, my opinion stays the same. I just think that Let It Go has been played to death, and that it’s been played so many times it’s just become annoying. Also, I have heard some REALLY bad covers of this song and they have probably stuck with me, so that when I hear this tune I just think of that. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT trying to undermine its achievements and popularity – but there are better Disney songs and even better songs in the film. Personally, I’d say the troll song was better.
But, if there is ONE thing that I will say I really enjoyed about this film was the twist ending. (Spoilers ahead, but if you read the beginning you know that anyway). When Anna’s heart is frozen and she is dying, only an act of true love can save her. But, in a shocking twist, it’s not Kristoff that saves Anna, she saves HERSELF. Sacrificing herself to save Elsa from Hans, whilst Elsa weeps for her, her love breaks the spell. Yup, this time it’s FAMILY love that prevails. This I think was an excellent twist and all respect to Disney for going against their usual conventions. However, again, this bit totally negates Kristoff being in the film.
Some of you may be thinking about my earlier comment about this film being overrated, and you may be thinking “How can it be overrated when it’s won Academy awards, Oscars, BAFTA’s and probably a few more to come”. Like I said, I have total respect for everything this film has accomplished – but, with all due respect, I don’t judge a film by how many awards it’s won, if I did then Titanic would probably be my favourite film (another film which is good, but not that good). I judge a film based on these factors:
Do I like the story?
Do I like the characters?
Do I think it works as a film overall?
For me, Frozen only ticks one and a half of these boxes. Also, strangely enough, whilst Disney and Pixar are guaranteed to make me shed manly tears – this one is the first Disney film that I DIDN’T cry at. It’s not that I didn’t connect with the characters, just not enough to bring the tears out.
Now, don’t get me wrong guys – I WANTED to say that this is the best Disney film ever. I wanted to get caught up in the hype and be on the Frozen bandwagon. But, as Elsa would say “Don’t you see, I can’t.” It's certainly entertaining and has it's good points, but it is NOT the best Disney film ever. I can actually name 5 Disney/Pixar movies that are, in my opinion, better. And they are, in no particular order.
Up of course is one of my favourite films of all time. I'd even say that Despicable Me was a better film than Frozen. Yeah, I know that's not a Disney film, but it still was more enjoyable and had more depth than this film.
But, like I said at the beginning, everything you have read is JUST MY OPINION and it doesn’t take away anything that this film has accomplished. I want to make that clear so you guys don't think I'm trolling. Sorry if you guys wanted me to give this a rave review, but I wanted to be honest about my feelings. If you guys like, or love this film, all power to you. I genuinely am not trying to upset anyone.
So, just to finish, I'm not saying Frozen is a bad film. However it is rather mediocre in my eyes and certainly by no stretch of the imagination as good as people say it is. I know people love this film - but I don't. Sorry. Hopefully you guys understand that’s just my opinion and you won’t be too upset with what I said.
He said he hated Let It Go!!!
Hey, guys... woh! Can't we just... talk about this... oh CRAP!!!
(Bolts out the door)
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