Disney returns to true form with Frozen, a story inspired by The Snow Queen (1845) by Hans Christian Andersen. Where recent films have felt like something was missing, longing for a new classic to put next to the likes of Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, the film rediscovers the Disney magic through song. Not unlike an animated stage show, Frozen is told through musical numbers – and a heart-warming story about the power of true love.
Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) of Arendelle was born with magical powers, which allow her to control ice and snow. After a childhood accident involving her sister Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa is forced to hide her powers and distance herself from her family. After years of being locked away in her room, the older sister is set to become the Queen – but is worried about her secret being discovered. After an argument about Anna’s impromptu fiancé, a guest named Prince Hans (Santino Fontana), Elsa’s powers are revealed – casting an eternal winter over the kingdom. After fleeing far away into the icy mountains, Anna sets off to rescue her with the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven. They even meet a magical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) who helps them on their journey.
Frozen is beautifully animated in 3D, showing the depth and power of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ technology. The kingdom of Arendelle is full of magnificent color and detail, similar to the vibrant colors of Brave. Even when things become frozen, we are shown a wide array of breathtaking blues and crystallized ice.
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The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy
Director: Peter Jackson
The WWE’s 4th biggest pay per view of the year, Survivor Series, took place on Sunday night. And that’s about the most favorable thing I can say about it.
Anyone who forked over $55 of their hard-earned money was fortunate to see a Divas elimination match, John Cena beating Alberto Del Rio for the millionth time, and an over-the-hill and injured Big Show losing to Randy Orton. Yes, what once was one of the WWE’s biggest and best pay-per-view’s looked like a bad episode of Monday Night Raw.
It is becoming more and clearer to WWE viewer’s that the company does not care what the fans think. Speaking of the fans, anyone who watched the pay per view last night obviously could hear the displeasure of the fans’ in attendance over the main event of Orton vs Big Show. Once again, the WWE ended a pay per view with a boring, slow match that ended with a…wait for it…a screw job ending! Are you serious? Another WWE pay per view ended with a screw job? That’s right boys and girls, the WWE product is officially screwed over the customers once again.
So. I’d began writing the draft of a Hot Stove Preview for the Cardinals, but then I got lazy and completely forgot to finish it up. In the meantime, the Cardinals managed to solve their two biggest positional problems via trades and free agency.
Where does that leave this article? Good question. Obviously the Cardinals made a big splash this weekend, solidifying the middle of their infield by signing free agent Jhonny Peralta to a four-year deal worth $53 million. As some of my friends were hoping to land him, in discussions I brazenly threw out there I thought he was too expensive and risky for the Cardinals to make a move on him.
Turns out I know nothing about baseball, apparently.
This week on Reel Spoilers it’s all about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Bad news for fans of snark because, well…we all actually liked it. But you can’t talk about a movie based on a series of “Young Adult” novels without bringing up Twilight. So our snark streak continues abated. Whew!
Also, we give a textual analysis of the three biggest “Kid Lit” properties – Twilight, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. Don’t worry. It’s not as boring as it sounds.
It’s Reel Spoilers #23 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. May the podcasts be ever in your favor.