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Frozen
Frozen (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Frozen, the new Disney machine that has taken over the youth of the whole world. With two male love interests, two princesses, and two goofy sidekicks, it wasn't hard for kids to fall in love with the new Disney musical. Also, great critical reviews cemented adults' acceptance of the movie. Basically, everything surrounding Frozen felt positive and it wasn't long before I tried to give it a try. By the time I finished watching, I felt very disappointed.
The movie starts off like any other Disney musical, a catchy song, and smiles and joy. But, this happiness quickly evaporates when Elsa (the oldest daughter of the king and queen) almost kills her little sister Anna. Not to mention, the drowning of their parents also helps to shift the tone. The quick shift in tone to sadness and melancholy made me happy, not because I'm a sociopath, but rather it just wasn't like recent Disney outings for the whole tone to feel so depressed. This beginning made me hopeful for the rest of what was to come.
Unfortunately, the rest of the movie didn't live up to the new tone that was only present in the beginning. The melancholy tone simply vanished, and became just another Disney musical, filled with clichés and predictable storytelling. I really thought that this movie could have been something new and fresh, and really, just dark. Disney needs a darker movie for it to really create something new. The company's refusal to move past the "happy-feeling" films make all their films feel the same, no matter the changes in setting or character. Frozen, at first, honestly felt like Disney had moved on, but it seems like Disney is still on the same page.
Despite my feelings for this movie, there were some high points for it. The songs are catchy, nicely executed, and well written. In fact, I do find myself singing the lyrics to "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" at random times. Also, a darker theme was present in Frozen. Well, it wasn't really "darker" per say, but it was more realistic and a nice change compared to most Disney films. A part of the movie had Anna wanting to marry someone she just met (Hans) with her sister disapproving and causing Anna to be very upset. What ends up happening (SPOILER ALERT) is that Hans betrays her to get closer to the throne. Ouch. This moment actually contradicts most Disney films by completely undoing the love at first sight motif. I did enjoy this because it was more realistic than most Disney films.
So, besides some darker themes and catchy songs, I felt Frozen did not live up to its darker themes all the way and became a clichéd and predictable musical. But, due to the massive success of this film, I do hope that Disney will implement darker themes and melancholy tones into more of its future projects. If that ends up happening, then I'll have no choice but to thank this film.

Fargo
Fargo (1996)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A riveting crime film with humor and violence alike.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver (1976)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An insomniac ex-marine cabbie driver in 1970's New York is the basis for this Scorsese classic. As we look at Robert De Niro's portrayal of this character (whose descent into madness is obvious), I couldn't help but start to bond and root for this character as he chases the girl of his dreams and a child prostitute. The setting of New York is perfect for this movie, teeming with hookers and freaks alike. It's disturbing, but essential in showing America's "finest" city at its worst state.
I can't say more (as I'll spoil it), but this movie is a cinema classic and essential for any movie-goer.