‘Frozen’ features 21st century princesses

While searching for her sister, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) finds help from Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad), as well as Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer, Sven, in "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)

While searching for her sister, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) finds help from Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad), as well as Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer, Sven, in “Frozen.” (AP Photo/Disney)

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

Girl power and slapstick comedy go together in “Frozen,” the latest animation effort from Disney.

Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) is born with an amazing gift, and like many gifts, hers has a dark side. She’s an ice sorceress, and as a child, she turns a palace hall into a winter wonderland where she and her sister play.

But play sometimes gets out of hand, and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) is injured by her sister’s magic.

This starts a rift between the two young royals, as Elsa hides her true nature to keep from causing more harm.

A few years later, there are enough bottled up feelings in Elsa to turn the entire kingdom into a frozen wasteland.

Anna would rather spend more time getting to know Prince Hans (Santino Fontana), but when Elsa runs away, Anna sets out alone to find her.

Anna gets help from Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer friend, Sven. In addition, Olaf (Josh Gad), a snowman that Elsa brings to life, offers his services and plenty of comic relief.

During her adventure, Anna’s ideas about love are put to the test, and she must decide if blood is thicker than ice.

“Frozen” begins with a lot of singing that doesn’t impress me much, mainly because it seems so cliché, exactly the type of music you’d expect from Disney.

In short, I would’ve preferred for Menzel and Bell to sing far catchier tunes. We get fewer songs once the action is well and truly started.

Elsa and Anna aren’t old-school Disney princesses that expect a man to save the day. There’s a good bit of 21st century girl power on display amid the sleet, snow and tiaras.

After the film ended, my wife said she and my daughter probably enjoyed the movie better than my son and I did, and that’s probably true because Olivia, 11, laughed more than the rest of us.

But 8-year-old Evan was entertained, going so far as to give “Frozen” a B minus.

I took it a step higher to give “Frozen” a solid B.

It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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