Top positive review
on May 6, 2014
I really enjoyed this film for it's well-developed female leads and it's humor and cute story, but it's not a film I'll buy or run out to see again unless my niece is visiting. Maybe I'm more old school, but I didn't think the music was that memorable or exciting. Beauty & the Beast is the pinnacle of Disney animation to me, in terms of character development, plot and story-telling. I also think it does a better job of using music to push the plot forward than Frozen does. In Frozen, the characters just kind of sing what they're thinking. They sing about a specific moment they're currently involved in. They tell, don't show. In Beauty and the Beast, the characters express their changing emotions while interacting with each other in a way that shows more than tells. That right there makes it better writing, in my opinion. At least in terms of the music.
Still, Frozen is cute. The main characters - both boys and girls - are all 3 dimensional and the fact that it's focused on the love of a family (sisters) more so than romantic love really touched me. It also had a good plot twist I really didn't see coming. So I liked it a lot.