A chip off the ice block

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TASTE -

THIS an­i­mated movie is kind of a throw­back to the old-school musical-type Dis­ney movies of over two decades ago.

There are nu­mer­ous songs, es­pe­cially in the first half, al­though I found none to be par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable.

The story is more for­ward in con­cept, with not one but two princesses, whose sisterly bonds are tested when one of them is un­able to con­trol her win­try pow­ers.

While there are two male leads, Prince Hans (Santino Fon­tana) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff of Glee fame), it is the ladies who end up sav­ing them­selves.

The cus­tom­ary hi­lar­i­ous side­kicks take the form of Sven the rein­deer and Olaf the snow­man (Josh Gad), who are fun to watch and lov­able, to boot.

Vis­ually, the movie takes ad­van­tage of its win­try set­ting to give the au­di­ence some lovely icy and snowy for­ma­tions – watch out for Queen Elsa’s (Id­ina Men­zel, also of Glee) gor­geous ice palace.

Al­to­gether, an en­ter­tain­ing watch for the whole fam­ily. And be warned that there is a short but cute post­cred­its scene at the very end. –Tan ShiowChin THIS is one of your typ­i­cal Ja­son Statham ac­tion movies, al­though I’m glad to say it is much bet­ter than the last one I re­viewed ( Safe, 2012).

Statham is for­mer un­der­cover agent Phil Bro­ker, who re­signs and goes off to live in the back­wa­ters of the bayou with his daugh­ter af­ter a drug gang bust doesn’t go down well.

Un­for­tu­nately, he soon crosses paths with lo­cal il­le­gal drug man­u­fac­turer Gator Bo­dine (James Franco). When Bo­dine finds out about Bro­ker’s past, he de­cides to trade his where­abouts for drug dis­tri­bu­tion rights with the head of the drug gang Bro­ker brought down.

Be­ing a Statham film, there is, of course, lots of fight­ing and shootouts. But it is backed up by a de­cent sto­ry­line, writ­ten by Sylvester Stal­lone and based on the book by Chuck Ho­gan. Wi­nona Ry­der and Kate Bos­worth also star as Bo­dine’s girl­friend Ch­eryl Mott and sis­ter Cassie re­spec­tively.

A de­cent watch, if you fancy a sim­ple ac­tion movie. – TSC

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