I know you're all just dying to know what that one guy who liked Tangled more than Inception thought of the new Disney movie, so I thought I'd tell you all real quick. Try not to be too surprised but... I liked it.
Yeah, yeah, no real surprises there. I'm a big Disney fan even if I do think the 00's were hit or miss (Chicken Little? Really? That's the one you're all rallying behind? Chicken Little?) but I thought that Frozen was legitimately among my favorite films of the year. It's not my favorite film of the year, that's still Pacific Rim no matter how good a lot of the rest of the year was, but Frozen was great.
Frozen is, in almost every way, about subverting your expectations of what a Disney film is, and it does that pretty expertly. This movie throws almost every common Disney trope you expect at you, and plays them straight just long enough for you to start rolling your eyes, and then mid-eye-roll it turns those tropes completely on their heads in a way you won't see coming unless you've been told to expect that ahead of time. Oops.
The characters are all great, especially Anna, who's just a lot of fun, and Elsa, who is a surprisingly complicated character for a Disney film. The supporting cast all work really well too though. Even the snowman. I know. I'm as surprised as you are.
The animation is gorgeous, which shouldn't surprise anyone who saw Tangled, but is definitely worth mentioning.
I do have some minor quibbles, though. The cast is great, and Idina Menzel does an excellent job, but it did feel a little bit like Idina Menzel doing what Idina Menzel does— I was half tempted to start shouting "LOOK AT HER! SHE'S WICKED!" during the song "Let It Go," which, while great, felt more than a little bit reminiscent of "Defying Gravity."
It's also very strange in that the movie front-loads most of the songs, to the point where the first thirty or so minutes of the movie are almost entirely told through song, and then only has a few reprises, and one or two original songs for the rest of the film. The music is really good though, and to be honest I would have been fine if the movie had been told entirely through song, as long as the songs were up to the standard the rest of the film kept.
It's not the absolute perfection Tangled was, but I admire just how risky, at least for Disney, most of this film was. It's a great movie, definitely among my favorites of the year, and I'm glad to see it getting the critical and commercial recognition it deserves.
But, again, this is all coming from the guy who liked Tangled more than Inception, Toy Story 3, Iron Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon, and every other movie released in 2010, so can my opinion really be trusted? Yes. And if you think otherwise, you are wrong.