From the Rookie Corner – Frozen

Frozen-disney-frozen-34977338-1600-900So….the thing is, I like movies. A lot. Maybe I am just lazy. Reading is work and take TIME…movies have popcorn! I also like animated movies. The reason I have kids is to use them as an excuse to WATCH kid’s movies. True story. I totally would have gone with fish or something instead of kids… One of my most favorite movies of all times is Finding Nemo. Judge away – but the movie is awesome.

I often get more excited about a new film than the kids do – and drag them kicking and screaming to the theater with promises of popcorn and the rare soda. This weekend was no different. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend left us trapped together without plans for FOUR DAYS. So, day four, we headed to the local theater to catch the new Disney film Frozen. I had heard some positive whispers about the film but I had no real expectations.

So, this is the thing, I don’t ‘do’ reviews. I am making an exception. For those of you who may have kids – or may want to SEE this movie, you need to be forewarned. Now, it is understood that the average animated movie can include a few…. well….. show tunes. At home, this is the shit I fast forward through. I am not a musical kind of girl. My attempt to watch Les Miserables…. left me miserable. Anyway, plot-wise – reader’s digest version – little girl, Elsa, has a disney_frozen___young_elsa_by_sharnihendry-d6pi8fn‘gift’ of being able to freeze things. After an accident with her sister Anna – she is kept hidden – and away from other people. Parents, of course, perish tragically (what is it with Disney killing off parents?!?!) and Elsa is to be queen. The coronation doesn’t go well and kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Elsa. Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff, his trusty reindeer Sven and the snowmanfrozen-olaf-josh-gad Olaf to break the icy spell. The story , co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. So, this is the thing… Elsa is not ‘evil’. She got dealt a shitty hand (no pun intended should you see the film). She does her best to avoid hurting others and only tries to protect herself. There are plenty of ‘laugh out loud’  moments in the film…but, I do have and issue. A big issue. it’s the fucking music. The first frozen-1ahalf of the film is a legit musical. To the point of being annoying. More than once, there was a family-wide collective eye roll when a character broke out into song instead of just SAYING A FREAKING LINE. Seriously. I was the adult, and at one point all I cold think was – if this bitch sings AGAIN, I am going to sit in the car. FUCK this shit. Luckily, the second half of the film had less singing – and more story. Sad thing is – I think the movie would have been 150% better with LESS SINGING. It did have some cute moments. It had some great female characters. If you like musicals, this movie will make you happy. If you don’t – just nap the first half…. seriously – trust a rookie on this one………

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