By Jacob Montgomery (Texas)
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I remember seeing the teaser trailer for this movie when it first came out, and I didn’t know what to think of it. I thought that the commercial was cute and humorous, but I honestly didn’t know if this was going to be a return to form for Disney that truly captured the pure magic and essence of awe that Disney was so well known for, or if this was just going to be a cute, but underwhelming movie. Their last 4 films have been phenomenal, and I was wondering if this was going to end their streak. However, with Frozen I can say that we may already be in yet another Disney Renaissance, or something similar.

The first thing that I remember thinking after watching it was “Wow.” There is just so much to love about this movie that it’s very hard for me to know where to start. So, I’ll start with what is by far the best thing about the film, the animation.

The animation is absolutely gorgeous. With this film, Disney has cemented that they know what they are doing with computer animation. The scenery is beautiful, and the world that the filmmakers created is visually appealing and has a vast scope, which is not something I can say about a lot of films. But, the crowning achievement in this film is the animation of the snow. The snow feels like real snow, and when the characters are digging through the snow, you can practically feel the coldness. The animation of the magic is also likewise creative, and a pleasing sight. The movie would be worth watching for the animation alone.

Fortunately, that’s not the only aspect of this film that stands out. The characters are all likable, relatable, interesting, and sympathetic. The relationship between the two sisters is both fascinating and sad, which makes it easy to root for the characters and the story. Even Olaf, the comic relief that I thought I was going to hate is a great, memorable character. He’s not annoying, he’s not so prevalent that he could become annoying, he actually has a part in the story, and almost every word that comes out of his mouth is hilarious.

Then there’s the story of the film. I don’t want to talk about it too much, because I actually experienced the film knowing very little about the plot, and I think it was for the better because I initially didn’t know where the movie was going to go, and in a good way. Does the film get predictable near the end? Yes, but that hasn’t stopped past Disney films from being great. It’s the journey getting to the end that makes the film memorable and surprising, not the end result. The only possible retraction I came away with is that the pacing could’ve been stronger. There seemed to be a few too many mood whiplashes and the songs (which are all memorable and great) are rather arbitrarily placed, sometimes clumped together, and sometimes spaced out. But that’s not a big flaw; it’s just a nitpicking.

I’ve always loved animated films (or rather I should say good animated films). Animated films are the ones that offer the greatest possibility of creative visuals, which makes for beautiful looking films, which can help transport you to another world. Frozen is one of the films that is just as much fun for adults to watch, as it is for kids. Even if you can’t find a kid to go with, I’d still say go check it out. This is the best-animated film of the year, bar none.

Rating: 10/10

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