Idina Menzel(Elsa) and Kristen Bell (Anna), brings the stellar script to life. While Idina is a Broadway veteran and recurring guest star on Glee (where she plays Rachel Berry’s birth mum), we had no idea that Kristen was such a great singer (her stint in Burlesque alongside Christina Aguilera wasn’t exactly the best showcase of her vocal talents) and together they generate a chemistry that radiates off the screen.
While outwardly this is a classic Disney Princess film – with your usual magic, castles and mystical creatures – it’s been updated for a 21st-century audience. It has the same tongue-in-cheek tone as Enchanted (particularly during Anna’s duet with Hans, which ends in them getting engaged despite only meeting a few hours earlier) set against a backdrop of female empowerment and a charming ending that may or may not come as a surprise depending on your familiarity with Disney movies.
If you’re a Disney fan, it’s a must-watch, and you’ll have fun spotting the references to other Disney films (ranging from Fantasia
to Peter Pan
). But even if animation usually leaves you cold, you’ll agree that Frozen
- with its sweet snowman, cuddly reindeer and winter wonderland backdrops - is the perfect Christmas movie.