I really wanted to love Frozen but I found it surprisingly uneven. Great animation, voice acting, and overlying concept aside... it's rather underwhelming.
The pacing was heavily rushed at various points, the art direction for many of the character designs seemed lazy, and a lot of the subplots and characters just felt like excess.
The majority of songs were pretty weak and I'm not even comparing it to Disney's "glory days", even Tangled had a much better musical score!
The really great moments were just too few and far apart, the emphasis between Elsa and Anna's relationship should've played a bigger backbone. Instead it only occupied critical moments of the film (The beginning and end) while the rest played as frivolous filler.
Olaf provided nothing but unsolicited comic relief. Hans, Kristoff, The Duke of Weselton... all these roles should have been re-worked and streamlined to create a more cohesive use of themes relative to the Anna / Elsa story.
Maybe I'm being over critical because it's a Disney production, but it's definitely no Lion King, Aladdin or Little Mermaid when it easily could've been.
The overall story and ideas behind Frozen were really solid, the execution was just glaringly unrefined. There was no majesty, no real sense of grandeur, everything was overly comical cushioned by crudely calculated drama... I only hope Pixar doesn't end up going down the same road.
Basically a light, character driven, "Pulp Fiction". It could have been absolutely awful affair if not for stellar performances by Gandolfini, Ronan and at times, even Bledel.
This ultra comical premise is thoroughly contrasted through a series of dark themes and complex character study. The setting may have alluded to a violent action fest but in the end it's a bitter sweet tale about a dying man and the meaning of friendship (or at least what it means for a couple of teen killers)
Despite its somewhat derivative style of Tarantino's it kind of works as a sincere character drama but only as far as your interest in the protagonists would take you in the first place.
It's a good Sci Fi movie, but with so many blockbusters in the genre lately you can't help but feel this whole thing takes place in an underdeveloped universe.
Hood also does a very subpar job handling the passage of time, whether it was through a misuse of montage or the inability to show Ender age throw careful SFX/makeup I can't help but feel the whole thing took place within the span of a couple of weeks.
Then there's the throw-away supporting cast. Other than Petra (and possibly his sister) all supporting characters were largely forgettable despite the use of working archetypes.
With all that said, it boasts an interesting story and with the multiple clans in the training room you almost get a "Sci Fi Harry Potter" effect with the franchise that tweens may enjoy. Although the zero-G skirmishes between the clans did end up feeling rather arbitrary to preparing them to be flawless commanders. The effort to make it seem relevant in the end was almost a stretch.
It's a coming-of-age teen drama but with considerably higher stakes with a notably great use of ambiance and setting, nuclear war.
The premise is reminiscent of Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies" where innocence and bliss struggles through the woes of war and ultimately, that of reality. They're popular clashing themes for a reason, providing plenty of rich contrast.
I really loved the story and Ronan delivers quite the performance carrying the film on her shoulders but the movie suffers significantly from Macdonald's inability to establish the "cousin-fun-time-utopia" that Daisy strives for once the ashes have fallen. Her shift from apathetic teenager to blissful romantic comes off forced, making the motivations behind her journey somewhat contrive and even cheapening the conclusive ending.
Everything I wanted out of the original Thor movie and more. Where the first didn't deliver I found TDW to simply thrive in!
The action did not feel lack luster, relationships have weight and the character depths are just a little richer. Even the supporting cast gets their own moments to shine! If you're not cheering for "insert Asgardian name here" being badass then you're moved by Thor/Loki's relationships and conflicts, or laughing at some sort of hilarious antic.
The premise is typical high fantasy fair but the plot is creative enough and character driven material is there to keep one engaged, especially the ending.
The visuals are something to behold, but that should be expected. However there's just something very extra that comes from a high fantasy world that fuses magic and technology. It brings a lot of interesting concepts (blackhole grenades? Awesome) and beautiful cinematography (Sending off the dead Asgardian style, Asgardian architecture, etc.)