Frozen : Movie Review

Disney's 53rd animated feature has nothing to do with people stranded on a ski lift, but the studio has felt the need to repeat the same title, "Frozen," already used for Adam Green's white-knuckle 2010 thriller. A loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," this sumptuous, modernized but still very much classical, fable deserves its own identity, one that doesn't share its moniker with another terrific picture less than four years old. It is a derivative decision within a film otherwise teeming with its own radiant, imaginative vision. Headed by Chris Buck (2007's "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (writer of 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph," making her directorial debut), "Frozen" reminds, if doesn't quite match, 2010's glorious "Rapunzel"-inspired "Tangled," right down to its fairy tale inspiration and delicious musical leanings. The latter element has been cautiously hidden from all advertising and promotional materials—a disappointing but unsurprising fact that makes its memorable, often touching original songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez all the more special and welcome.

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Author : Dustin Putman