The 'Shroom:Issue LXXXIII/Critic Corner
I can gladly say that we at least have an issue this month, thank goodness! Hope you enjoy this month’s CC! (:
I would like to note that there is no section of the month since we didn’t have Critic Corner last month. Sorry about that!
Non-Mario Game Reviews
Hey guys, it's NSM here with Smash Time! Since last time, Zelda, King Dedede, and Lucario were announced.
And I saw Frozen! Yes, the movie, silly. I know I typically do game reviews, but...
I just have to talk about it. So yeah, I’ll be switching it up this month, and I’m going to review a movie instead of a game. (I hope Packy’s ok with this because I haven’t even asked him lol). Let’s begin!
Anyway, so if you haven’t seen the movie you’re probably wondering what the big deal is about the movie, so I’m just going to tell you as much as I can spoiler-free. If you’ve already seen the movie, you’ll probably just get some of the things I hint at. So yeah, spoilers will be a minimum, so don’t turn away!
The plot is amazing. I won’t go into TOO much detail so I don’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen it, but the basic plotline follows two sisters – Elsa and Anna. Elsa happens to be the queen of a place known as Arendelle, and Anna is more so her over-shadowed sister. What’s special is that Elsa actually has ice powers, and when she couldn’t control them she shut herself away from the world and stayed in her bedroom all day. However, what makes it even more interesting (I mean come on, ice powers are AWESOME) is that Anna actually doesn’t know Elsa has ice powers at first (well, I mean, technically, but you’ll understand it if you see the movie) so you get to see the interesting conflict between the two. I found myself not exactly sure who to root for (I ultimately chose Elsa because I mean, again, ice powers are cool) because you’re kind of on Elsa’s side because you know she doesn’t want to hurt anyone and is just trying to do the best for her sister and the rest of Arendelle, but you’re also kind of on Anna’s side because it’s sad that she literally had NO ONE to talk to for over ten years (I know, she must have went crazy!). So anyway, shortly after the exposition of the plot, Anna finally get to talk to people when coronation day begins (for Elsa, of course), when they open up the gates and ends up meeting a man named Hans. They fall in love in a day, and when Anna asks Elsa for their blessing she says no and there is a big argument, and story short, Elsa’s ice powers are revealed. Elsa flees the castle, and Anna goes on a journey to bring her sister back. (But trust me, it gets much more dynamic than this). I’m going to leave the rest of the plot to you, so enjoy!
The characters of Frozen are great. It was pretty amazing how much emotion they could put into Elsa and Anna and their relationship, and I thought it was just beautiful. Olaf, (the snowman, you’re probably seen him), is just hilarious too. The whole movie is just very funny (much more when Olaf comes in especially). I love the different interactions between the characters, and I think it was handled excellently. I mean, this movie has really helped bring Disney out of its “slump” it’s had the for a while. And I mean, there was really know character I disliked. I’d say more about the characters, but I do not want to give too much away, so just go see it if you haven’t! :P
The animation in Frozen is very beautiful. I mean, ice and snow is already pretty the way it is, and they just make it that much better. The snow looks so realistic (well at least when it’s clean and fluffy :P ) and the way the ice shimmers is just beautiful. For some reason I just love the whole thing when Elsa (Idina Menzel) sings “Let it Go” (I love when you see her building the bridge and changing it from snow to ice).
And yes, soundtrack! It’s seriously probably the best since The Lion King. I listen to it on my phone regularly, so that’s saying something. Idina Menzel’s voice with Elsa is just so powerful and listening to it just gives me chills. The songs manage to fit the mood of whatever is happening on screen and really help make the character’s personalities shine.
So yeah, I hope I’ve given you an insight on the movie. (this review would be way longer if it had spoilers but it’s very important to me that you see it spoiler-free!)
Got an idea for a game I should review? PM me, NSM, on the forums!
Pros: Soundtrack is awesome, Let it Go, Elsa’s awesome voice, Best since Lion King, Beautiful animation, great cast of characters, great plot (and awesome plot twist, but you go see that yourself!), funny, Elsa and Anna’s relationship and the conflict and tension between them Cons: I do have some, but they're just so nitpicky that they aren’t worth putting on here. Overall rating: 10/10