Disney’s “Frozen” opened in theaters today, November 27th. I took my three older children, ages 5, 7 and 9 to see the film and they loved it. We didn’t see the 3D version but I can imagine it would be really good as a 3D movie.
The story is centered around the relationship of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, in the kingdom of Arondale. Elsa was born with magical powers to create ice and snow with her hands, but Anna has no magical powers. When their parents realizes that Elsa’s powers could hurt Anna, the two are kept apart as they grow up. And Elsa’s powers are kept a secret from everyone. This is the center of the story.
As Elsa is crowned the new Queen of Arondale, Anna falls in love with a handsome prince. But they are both very isolated, and Elsa leaves the kingdom to protect everyone from herself and to finally be free from hiding her powers. Unfortunately, she sets Arondale into a forever winter and Anna sets off on an adventure to find her and heal their relationship.
The story is wonderful, which is to be expected since it is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen. The characters are sympathetic but also appealing to kids. Olaf, the magically talking, walking snowman that Elsa creates, is a fantastic humorous sidekick without being overbearing. My kids loved Elsa and Anna, and having two daughters, it was a great story about the love between two sisters, as well as the conflict.
A great part of the movie is the music. The original songs are fantastic, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez, who are known for their Broadway musical writing talents. The two best songs are “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” and “Let it Go”, which is also performed by Demi Lovato at the end of the movie. And speaking of the end of the movie, there is a fun little clip at the end of the credits that is cute and fun.
The movie is rated PG because of some of the violence in the Mickey Mouse short before the film begins as well as a wolf and snowman attack in the movie.
If you are considering heading to see this movie this holiday weekend, and are wondering what age is best for viewing it, Common Sense Media says age 5 and older will love it. They also gave it 5 stars! And we would agree. We skipped our preschooler seeing it not because it would be scary, but it is a longer movie and he would get antsy.
But make room for two new Disney princesses that your kids will fall in love with! And of course, a very cute snowman!
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