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'Frozen' dusts off the Disney princess film formula

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After the death of the King and Queen, estranged sisters (Anna & Elsa) find themselves thrust into the public eye, as the Elsa prepares to ascend the thrown. However, when tensions between the two princesses unleashes an eternal winter, which threatens to destroy their kingdom, Anna sets out on a quest to restore her sister to the thrown and to save their land from being destroyed beneath a frozen storm of ice. Unfortunately, Anna's quest may cost her a true love and her life.

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Written and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, "Frozen" revisits Disney's song driven style of storytelling. If you're a fan of musicals, the first 20 minutes of the film steadily bombards you with song after song. As expected, the CG and animation are fantastic and captivating. The characters, environments, and effects are consistently sharp and enchanting at every turn. Besides a fantastic amount of visual wizardry, "Frozen" is mostly driven by Disney's standard formula, which usually cast the orphaned princess in the role of heroic princess. While a familiar and successful formula, it would be nice to see something a little different framing the plot. While Disney has continually to presented women in a variety of positive ways, very little seems to have changed about the paths of their development. Since the team up of Disney Pixar, a good number of films appeared to signify an end to the use of the generic formula, as "Brave" featured a princess with an intact family unit. Obviously, this is not the case, for a film promoted as Disney's "Frozen." Coupled with the sudden and somewhat blatant reversal of a key character's personality, some aspects of the film seem forced. So, despite what continues to be an ongoing deviation in storytelling and development styles, "Frozen" is still a fun and entertaining film, filled with fantastic personalities, and oddly funny moments. Whether you're the king or queen of your own castle and have or do not have a little prince or princess, "Frozen" is a visual wonder, well worth a look and the price of admission.


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