Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Disney has been on something of a dry run over the last few years. Even it’s most successful studios, Pixar, has been struggling to release quality material as of late. It’s not that there haven’t been any good films produced by Disney, but 2009’s UP is probably the last great film that the studio made. To some, Frozen might be the sign of good things to come. But to me it is simply another entry in Disney’s latest slump. While certainly one of the highlights of their output in recent years, it lacks the courage to run with its interesting premise, and it is this that ultimately stops it from becoming something special.
It’s hard, knowing its production context, not to watch Escape From Tomorrow without asking how each scene was stealthily filmed. There are certainly a number of scenes where it’s covert filming is glaringly obvious. But generally it’s pretty impressive how quickly this is all forgotten. Continue reading