Time for a kids’ afternoon out to give the wife and mum-in-law some peace and quiet…
“Some people are worth melting for.”
Plot-in-a-nutshell: Not so wicked ice queen must be convinced to return summer
See it if you like: the more traditional Disney animations
First thing – if you don’t like cartoons with too many songs, then consider looking elsewhere right now. Having said that, at least none of them run on for too long. I went with our eldest daughter (11) and our son (5). She thought it was too “singy”, but otherwise OK. He enjoyed it but found one scene a little scary.
The story is a decent enough one, and a take on “The Snow Queen”. Two sisters (Anna and Elsa, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell respectively) brought up by nice parents (king and queen), but discover that one of them can control ice. Well, “control” is a bit of an exaggeration. It’s more like the ice can control her.
After an accident with her younger sister, the two are separated and the eldest hidden from the world… until the day of her coronation when all frost breaks loose.
Foremost, the animation is superb (as expected). The story isn’t too schmaltzy except where the songs are concerned, and it’s not got quite the ending you’d suspect – I liked that.
On the other hand, the animated two-some of Sven the Reindeer and Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad) who starred in the “trailer” used to advertise the film don’t appear until a fair bit in. By the time Olaf turned up, Little Mister had asked me 3-4 times where he was and was convinced we were watching the wrong movie!
The laughs follow the obvious characters and the story is just different enough from the traditional fairy-tale stereotypes to keep the interest going. Visually it’s superb (no surprises), but those darn songs made me cringe.
Overall a good film and the kids did enjoy it, though they weren’t harping on about it in the car or later on in the day as they have done with other films. So good to keep when quiet for a while, but no lasting appeal.
Do note that there’s a post-credit sequence, but we missed it as Little Mister likes to run out of the cinema the moment the credits come up. Grr.