I don’t know if you know this but the movie theater is open on most major holidays. All major holidays, I think. I personally have been to the movies on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Sometimes it’s simply a great family experience and other times it can create a memory that will last forever. (My husband and I saw “Castaway” on Christmas Day a few years ago).
If you’ll be too full and tired (thanks, tryptophan) to head out for a movie on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll surely want to catch something over Thanksgiving weekend. And if you can’t make that work, you’ll probably take your kids at some point to a holiday movie. And I’m here to tell you Frozen should be that movie.
Disclosure: I attended an early screening of the movie as a member of the press.
Here’s what I was hoping for: Tangled On Ice. Here’s what I got: Tangled On Ice with two female protagonists with a lot more songs.
In fact, there were so many songs that it felt a bit like a musical so I was worried what my 6-almost-7-year-old little boy would think. He’s a tough customer as anyone can tell from my previous kid movie reviews (anyone read about Planes?) and I frankly expected my glass-half-empty kid to complain almost from the start.
Here’s a quick synopsis (with no spoilers). Anna and Elsa are royal sisters growing up in the town of Arendelle, a fictional place inspired by the fjords of Norway. Elsa has a secret power over snow and ice that she can’t control and her fear alienates her from her sister, Anna, who absolutely adores her.
Elsa was actually my favorite character!
Long story short, the secret is revealed and Elsa ousts herself from the kingdom but not before unknowingly leaving the town in a state of eternal winter. Anna sets out to find her and what ensues is the story of Frozen. Along the way, we meet Prince Hans, Christof, his reindeer Sven, and the ever lovable snowman Olaf.
No. I mean it.
I loved Olaf. I never thought a snowman could make me laugh but the innocence and irony of Olaf singing about how he’d love to see summer someday cracked me up.
Oh, and there are gnomes.
It felt like Tangled, with more songs, set in a land of snow and ice. And if you’ve read some of my stranger posts, you’ll know that I’m drawn to snow and ice. Even though this was an animated feature, the scenery took my breath away. And made me cold!
I knew I would like it and I wasn’t disappointed. I took my mother and I knew she would like it (which she did). But the real test was what my almost 7 year old boy thought.
About 20 minutes into the movie, he tapped my leg and leaned over and whispered, “Mommy, I really like this movie.” And by the end, he absolutely loved it. We’ll definitely be putting this one on our DVD list so we can watch it again and again.
Not convinced? This teaser gives you everything you need know to convince your family to head out.
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