Movie Review: Frozen

Frozen-movie-posterGenre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Writers: Jennifer Lee (screenplay), Hans Christian Andersen (story)

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana and Josh Gad

MPAA Rating: PG

Length: 102 minutes

Format: In theaters November 27, 2013

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Trailer: Frozen

Frozen is going down in the books as my under-the-radar-movie-event-of-2013. Which may seem strange because it is, in fact, a huge hit. I was not one of the hordes of people who saw it when it opened this past Thanksgiving, and even though I was completely bombarded with Facebook and Instagram pictures of my friends taking their kids to see it again and again, I admit that I hadn’t been all that impressed by what I had seen in the trailers.

It was only in knowing that a post Christmas trip to Disney World (which would include four of the most amazing princess cousins ages newborn to four) that I was all of a sudden very worried that these girls wouldn’t have a clue who Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) from Frozen were. I could just picture the princess sisters’ faces plastered everywhere and the giant stamp of parental failure I’d have to wear on my forehead bringing these girls to the most magical place on earth, uneducated in the latest princesses.

So the day after Christmas the lot of us girls (#teamprincess) went to see Frozen. And though I had walked in with supremely lowered expectations I was completely astonished at how actually amazing it was.

Frozen is Disney magic at its finest. The animation is amazing, the setting inspired by Norway is completely majestic. I am constantly in awe at what animators create and think more modern museums should be created to house the amazing modern art of animation. It’s truly stunning.

The character development and dialogue are in my humble opinion, flawless. Sometimes a story can be half-thought out and then magically saved through magic of writing, but not this one. The story flowed easily without having to be rescued from itself.


It may sound strange, but I was completely surprised that it was a musical. I had known that there was that one song making the rounds on YouTube, but I had no idea the movie would have more songs and that they’d be as good as they were.

It’s important for me to note that I’m one of those people who can enjoy a comedy movie or television show and never laugh, but for me to literally laugh out loud is an upper tier kind of funny. Hilarity gets passed out to all the characters at some point in the movie but none get it as much as Olaf the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad). Honestly this picture can’t even prepare you for the funny.


Olaf is what makes takes this movie from princess to whole-family enjoyment. The girls will love him, but not nearly like the boys will. And it’s the comedy I love, the comedy that the adults get.

Finally (because I could go on and on about this movie for volumes), the hands-down best part about this movie is its resolution. I won’t spoil for those of you who haven’t seen it, but I’d like to give a nice, slow, standing clap to the people at Disney for ending Frozen with the most amazing and positive moral.

Undoubtedly, Frozen gets Five out of Five stars.



Jess Orso
Written by Jess Orso

Jess is the Managing Editor and Southern Correspondent for