So yeah, Frozen. That's a thing that happened.
Frozen is one of those weird experiences where half the things I outright loved and half the things I outright hated, and it comes together as an overall...decent film. I think at the end of the day I enjoyed it, but I think the "OHMYGODTHISISTHEGREATESTMOVIEI'VEEVERSEENINMYLIFE!" reaction I see a lot is a little undeserved.
I guess the biggest thing I have a hard time getting past (and I will say that this is my personal grudge and doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of the film) - while the CG animation is utilized very well, especially for the ice effects, this just feels like it should have been a traditionally hand-drawn feature, and the aesthetic feels...wrong in CG. I wish I could explain it better.
I also have a difficult time with the songs. When I first saw this movie, I hated all but two of the songs. Repeated listenings have softened my opinion, and I appreciate it more now, but it's still not my favorite soundtrack of Disney's.
And of the two songs I always loved, I'm hesitant to include "Reindeers are Better than People," as that seems less of a musical number and more of a character moment. A great, hilarious, awesome character moment, but still. The one fully fledged musical number in the film that I loved from second 1 is, ironically, the one everyone is going gaga over: "Let it Go." I confess it's arguably the best song in the picture. It's the closest thing it has to a villain song, and it rocks it for all it's worth. Even then, though, I can't argue parallels to Wicked's "Defying Gravity" right down to Idena Menzel - and for some reason, both songs sound weirdly right sung in a Willem Dafoe Green Goblin voice.
What saves this movie for me, ultimately, is the story. It's really a well-done story that does some interesting twists with common Disney tropes - not to the extent it's lauded for, mind you, but it's a nice effort. Everything is subverted so subtly. I kind of guessed Hans would turn out to be villainous, but I can imagine being surprised if I wasn't so well-versed in how stories work and, to be honest, I started to let my guard down about halfway through. Olaf the Snowman was actually a pleasant surprise as well. The trailers made me feel he'd be a bit too much, but I decided to give him a chance once I found out that positive prequel referencer Josh Gad would be voicing him. I think I was sold with his cheerful delivery of the line "Oh look at that! I've been impaled!"
Again, at the end of the day, I did enjoy the flick. It's got a lot of good things going for it, and I would recommend it. But Disney has made better films that didn't get the recognition this one does, and that's hard to let go of.