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Frozen (2013)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Frozen is probably the only Disney film that I outright dislike. Granted, I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of digital animation, but I enjoyed Bolt, and Tangled, both possessing the requisite Disney charm and focused, economic storytelling. They are a joy to watch, even for this adult. According to the folks at Disney, Frozen was loosely based on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson, but bears little similarity to the fairy tale masterpiece on which it was based. To mention them in the same sentence is an insult to the latter.

I was excited to see Frozen based on the rave reviews and praise for the film's feature song, "Let It Go." Sad to say, I was disappointed. Everything about Frozen feels like a rough-draft. The character relationships feel rushed, and too little time is spent on world building. The world of Frozen is given a few magical traits--Elsa's inexplicable powers, the dwarves--but neither feel connected in any resonate way, not to each other, nor to the world that created them. They feel random and disconnected to a greater whole.

Frozen also makes the mistake of trading one central villain for a handful of sub-villains, all of them plot-devices with no distinct character. In fact, most of the characters in Frozen are one-dimensional plot-devices. Olaf the Snowman is useless, and not funny. I didn't laugh once during Frozen. The attempt at humor is inserted in all the wrong places, constantly undermining the potential for drama. Anna is an obnoxious chatterbox--she never allows the film a quiet moment (save for one exception near the beginning, but I won't spoil). I wasn't emotionally invested in her journey, or Elsa's. I know how cold that sounds, but while the context of Elsa's rebellion is a mild departure for Disney, we've seen this sort of thing done before in other, better films. Like, a million times.

Regarding the music...this is one Disney album that I won't be spending my money on. "Let It Go" is a jumble of three-word sentences and disconnected thoughts, like a poem written by an angsty high-school sophomore, or at best a reject from a bad Katy Perry album. The song is loud and glitzy, and I guess as a woman I'm supposed to feel empowered by Elsa's strutting and girl-power moves, but all I did was roll my eyes and long for intimacy of past Disney efforts (i.e. Part of Your World, Heaven's Light). And don't even get me started on Elsa's ridiculous outfit transformation. Icy tart.

I know I'm in the minority, but I found Frozen highly disappointing. I do like that the plot centered on female characters. I only wish they were given a better story with better characters and a better script (and with a less predictable ending, might I add). Nothing about Frozen feels very inspired or imaginative. Despite some reversed gender-roles, Frozen is just typical Disney-fare sans the good music (IMHO), compelling characters and great storytelling. This one didn't charm me.