That was not at all what the trailers hinted at.

Seriously, check it out:


It looks like a dumb comedy, starring the snowman and the reindeer. It could have been cute (Ice Age’esque, for example), but certainly not what we got.

Instead, we get a fairly solid return to the form of the Disney ‘princess movie’, a call back to the style we haven’t seen in a decade or more. The songs were great (Well, mostly. It’s not quite a Lion King or Mulan.), the humor was funny, and the plot was … well, it’s a kid’s movie.

I think the best part though, is finally admitting that it doesn’t take a prince to save the day. Heck, sometimes it doesn’t even take the instant sort of ‘true love’ you see so often in fairy tales. I won’t go any more into it, but I really like how they dealt with that particular aspect. Plot holes galore in why it was necessary in the first place2, but still. It’s a nice change of pace.

Honestly. I loved it. If that puts two kids movies in the top five, so be it. I’ll definitely be watching it again the next time I go on a Disney kick.

Ranked: 2013 Movie Reviews

  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Frozen
  3. Iron Man 3
  4. The Croods
  5. Gravity
  6. Thor: The Dark World
  7. Star Trek Into Darkness
  8. Monsters University
  9. Elysium
  10. Ender's Game
  11. Man of Steel
  12. Django Unchained
  13. World War Z
  14. Despicable Me 2
  15. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  16. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  17. Parental Guidance
  18. Oblivion
  19. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  20. Beautiful Creatures
  21. R.I.P.D.
  22. Jurassic Park (3D!)
  23. The Wolverine
  24. Oz the Great and Powerful
  25. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  26. Jack the Giant Slayer
  27. Warm Bodies
  28. Don Jon
  29. Turbo
  30. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  31. Pain & Gain

  1. Yeah, that’s a teaser. The actual trailer is at least a bit better. [return]
  2. There are all sorts of amusing rumors floating about on how many Disney parents might have died on that one shipwreck [return]
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