Frozen delights child and adult audiences alike

By ALEX HOLMES

Disney’s newest animated film Frozen has become a favorite among audiences of all ages. When Queen Elsa puts the kingdom in an eternal winter, her sister, Princess Anna, teams up with a young man, Kristoff, and his reindeer, Sven, to find her. Along the way, Anna and Kristoff meet a humorous snowman named Olaf and fight through the cold and snow to save Elsa and the kingdom.

Queen Elsa has been alone in her bedroom for many years after her discovery of her power to create ice anywhere, anytime. Elsa becomes the Snow Queen with a signature line “conceal don’t feel”. Then there’s Princess Anna who is a carefree, loving girl who wants a close relationship with her older sister but has been shut out.

And then there’s Olaf, one of the best animated characters ever, in my opinion. Olaf brings humor to the flick for kids and adults alike. Olaf is a little snowman who often falls apart and questions what summer feels like. His jingles about “doing whatever snow does in summer” and calling for someone to put him back together are entertaining and make you want to call Olaf your best friend.

When I walked into the theater and saw that it was filled primarily with young kids and their parents, I wasn’t sure how the following hour and a half was going to go, but just ten minutes into the movie, I decided it was going to be a great one. The all-too-familiar plotline about a younger sister who just wants to be with her older sister, along with the humor and uplifting, catchy songs throughout the film make Frozen stand out.

Unlike the princess movies of Disney’s past, Frozen takes on a different standpoint on love, romance and female empowerment.

Princess Anna meets a man she likes and takes him to her sister to be given permission to marry this man. However, unlike many Disney movies where the princess falls in love with a man she just met, Queen Elsa tells Princess Anna that she can’t marry a man she just met, unlike the movies of Disney’s past where a woman marries a man she met only days before.

When Queen Elsa is alone in her ice castle and discovers the beauty of her power, she becomes empowered and believes that she is good enough.  Princess Anna is awkward and clumsy, especially around Kristoff. Anna represents a figure that like real women is flawed, yet likeable, acting as a positive role model for young viewers.

Kristoff is a strong man with knowledge of the outdoors, but allows Anna make decisions and lead while providing help, rather than controlling the situation.

With characters that remind viewers of the women we see, who are often strong and empowered, Frozen is a different kind of film, promoting familial relationships, such as that of Elsa and Anna, as well as romantic relationships in which women play strong roles rather than the stereotypical supporting typecast.

This film comes highly recommended for anyone seeking a movie with both a fun, humorous plot line and an uplifting, positive message.