Movie Review: Frozen – family fun for the festive season

Disney’s latest delightful animated movie, FROZEN, is coming to cinemas on Friday. I love a great family movie outing and this one is full of fun and perfect for the festive season!

In Frozen, the kingdom of Arendelle has two princesses, Elsa (Idina Menzel), the soon-to-be Queen, and Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa has the ability to create snow and ice, but has suppressed these powers after a traumatic childhood incident involving Anna. After her cryokinetic powers get out of hand during her official July coronation, Elsa goes into hiding but her emotions trigger a magical and eternal winter that freezes the entire kingdom.

The arrogant Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk) plots to turn everyone against ‘the monster’, Elsa, for his own devilish needs. However, Anna, who is a fearless and daring optimist, undertakes a journey to find Elsa. She travels with the extreme mountain man, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and his reindeer sidekick, Sven, in an epic journey, encountering mystical trolls, a comical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, in a race to find the Snow Queen, as Elsa is now knows, save their kingdom from eternal winter and make things right before it is too late.

Watch the trailer here:

My kids, aged 3 and a half and 7, loved this movie and spoke about it quite a bit afterwards. Although there are some scary parts, including Elsa ability to turn everything to ice and a brief appearance of a snow monster, the villains are secondary which makes for a nice change. My kids can react to scary stories and seem to have over active imaginations esp at bedtime so I prefer to keep the scary stuff to a minimum although I know other kids love it!

I loved the messages that come through the movie such as sibling love, perseverance, acceptance, loyalty, communicating emotions and the reality of real love vs infatuation!

I have already mentioned 2 parts of the movie that might be too much for your little people. Other elements that I thought might not go down too well are the army of trolls that raise Kristoff (although they are quite well meaning and funny, they look a bit scary!) also the end chase sequence although not scary is quite intense emotionally and I had a little person scurry onto my lap at this point! There are a few instances of violence too plus a chase scene involving wolves!

That aside I can recommend this movie as a fun family outing for the holidays. It has all you need for a magical movie experience – music, princesses, castles, heroes, funny characters and feel-good vibes!

November 1st, 2013 @ 20:51:56

Frozen releases at Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationally on Friday 20 December.

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Good review Kathryn. Most kids movies like to just appeal to the little ones and nobody else, but this movie does the job in hitting marks with both the younger, and older demographic that may get roped into seeing this.

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