Frozen Melts Hearts

November 1st, 2013 @ 20:51:56

Frozen kingdom, frozen hearts, and a singing snowman: Frozen (2013) lives up to its name. Sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) live enchanted lives. Princesses of Arendelle, they build snowmen and play in the snow and ice. Snow and ice that Elsa created, that is. She has a special power that quickly spirals out of control, and she accidentally injures Anna. Only with the help of mysterious rock trolls is Anna’s life saved, but her memories are altered in the process. Out of necessity, Elsa locks herself away in her room, nearly severing the bond between the sisters in order to keep Anna safe.

Over the years, Elsa’s power increases and Anna’s loneliness grows , and everything comes to a head on Elsa’s coronation day. Elsa accidentally reveals her power to the kingdom and flees to a faraway mountain, freezing all of Arendelle in the process.

Anna, refusing to let her sister stay in exile, embarks on a quest to save both Arendelle and Elsa. Joined by snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), ice merchant Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and reindeer Sven, Anna must melt both Elsa’s heart and her own.

Disney steps away from traditional definitions of true love in Frozen, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, which replaces Tangled (2010) as the newest Disney princess film. With gorgeous animation and an unforgettable soundtrack, Frozen 3some critics are calling Frozen the best Disney movie since The Lion King. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale “The Snow Queen”, Frozen blazes a new path.

The soundtrack features fun songs such as “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer”, but the most striking and poignant song, “Let It Go”, features Idina Menzel’s Broadway talent as Elsa breaks free from her self-imposed prison. The filmmakers paired “Let it Go” with some of the most beautiful animation in the movie, and the song has rightly won an Oscar. Frozen has also won the award for best animated feature.Frozen 2

In a twist ending, Frozen celebrates family and loyalty between sisters, thawing both Anna and Elsa’s hearts. Although the princesses suffer from the Disney trope of deceased parents, family is the center of this movie. A journey of self-discovery that ends with family brings a fresh, positive message to the big screen and captures the hearts of audiences worldwide.

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Catching Fire: The Movie “On Fire”

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In the words of Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), “This trip doesn’t end when you get back home.” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) may have won the 74th Hunger Games, but her life will never go back to normal. First she must go on the obligatory Victory Tour, and then she must face the Quarter Quell and watch more children die at the Capitol’s hands.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’s best-selling trilogy, proves to the film industry that a movie starring a strong female character can be an enormous success. Francis Lawrence replaces The Hunger Games (2012) director Gary Ross as director for Catching Fire, and moviegoers breathed a sigh of relief at action scenes without any shaky camera footage.

As Katniss struggles to reacclimate to life in District 12, other districts seethe with turmoil and rebellion. President Snow presents Katniss with a choice: convince him that her romance with fellow victor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is real, or lose the ones she loves. Katniss’s PR situation goes from bad to worse on the Victory Tour, and when she defies a Capitol peacekeeper to protect her friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), President Snow decides that she, and all the previous victors who pose a threat, must die.

Instead of mentoring in the Quarter Quell, the 75th Hunger Games sends Katniss  back into the arena. But this time, nothing is as it seems. Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) has a plan, and it’s not the one that President Snow has in mind. Katniss is no longer just the Girl on Fire; now, she’s the Mockingjay, symbol of the rebellion.catching-fire 2

In this second movie, viewers learn the real depths of the corruption and decadence of the Capitol. The violence and child murder of the first movie is fully condemned in Catching Fire, which presents the Capitol, embodied in President Snow, as the true villain. Laughing and cheering for children killing children is wrong, and the movie points a finger at a society consumed by entertainment in the form of violence and built on the suffering of others.

Suzanne Collins’s satire and social commentary has reached the silver screen. The consequences of the Capitol’s immorality will hit theaters in Mockingjay Parts I & II in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Enjoy your debauchery now, Capitol, because the Mockingjay is coming for you.