This post originally appeared at jenniferkaufman.net, with a few modifications posting at a later date. Future Disney entertainment reviews will occur first right here!
I could talk about how breathtaking my beloved Idina Menzel‘s performances are throughout the movie, or how clear Jonathan Groff‘s talent is even if he doesn’t get a “real” song, despite the (absolutely brilliant) songwriters’ best attempts at fitting one in.
I could talk about the integrity of the aforementioned decision, doing what is best for the movie – including scrapping it altogether, repeatedly, over the last decade – to be sure it was absolutely perfect.
I could talk about the surprising performance of Kristen Bell as Anna, wonderful both in voice acting and singing some incredible pieces. Surprising to me, anyway, though apparently she is classically trained in all sorts of things that made her an excellent choice for the part.
I could talk about how I am literally moved to tears each and every time I hear the reprise of “For the First Time in Forever”, and most times that I hear “Let it Go”.
I could talk about how endearing and hilarious Josh Gad‘s Olaf is throughout the movie, most notably during his breakout hit “In Summer”. It’s literally a laugh-out-loud sort of song, even on repeat viewings.
I could talk about how appealing the whole movie is to everyone that I know who has watched, of all ages, both genders, all interests. It’s really just as good as everyone is saying. It’s not at all surprising that it was the movie to finally dethrone The Lion King as the most successful animated movie of all time.
I could talk about the heartbreaking events that set the story in motion. The beautiful relationship between two sisters.
I could talk about how much I connect emotionally to Elsa, and how much I think her side of the story speaks to those of us who battle with depression and various forms of mental illness. Not to suggest she has one 🙂 but that there are very strong parallels I draw throughout her story. You’ll have to see them for yourself, though… no spoilers here!
I could talk about the effects loneliness and the lack of a support system has on young girls, leaving them desperate for love and attention.
I could talk about the beautiful scenery, the chill-giving score, the depth of the character development (even of secondary and tertiary characters) or the legends on which the story was built.
I won’t, though.
Just go see it, today. See it again. Watch YouTube clips and trailers. Get the soundtrack. You won’t be sorry.
We have seen it multiple times in theaters and can’t wait for the March 17th release!
EDIT: We were thrilled to find out it released in HD on iTunes this week and already had a viewing party with multiple members of our family. Can’t wait to share it with the rest of them and watch over and over again! Say my girls, “I can’t believe we OWN my favorite movie now!”
Did you buy it yet? Did I miss anything in (not) singing its praises? 😉