Let It Go: Why Disney's Frozen Fell Flat
Being a teenager forced into the contaminated prison they call a high school, I heard the buzz about Frozen well before I ever sat down with my mom and sister to watch the movie.
I couldn't count with the world's most advanced technology how many times I heard "Do you want to build a snowman?" or the oh-so clever internet cover, "Do you want to hide a body?", which I find highly more interesting.
After hearing the buzz, and stemming from my love of Disney movies, I finally sat down and paid six dollars on On-Demand to watch it. I'm not going to go over and over on how both my sister and mother fell asleep during the first five minutes. Instead, I'll go right into my beef with the oh-so-loved children's flick.
And hopefully I won't get threats from six year olds over it.
The movie begins with the typical, heart-wrenching inciting incident that has been coined by Disney for many years (don't even get me started about Bambi or The Fox and the Hound). That was fine and dandy. But then the movie skips a few years later, and one has to pause. Wait... the parents just died. Both of them. Now the little girls, the heirs to the thrown, are mere toddlers when this happens, but the movie time-jumps to when Elsa is old enough to be queen.
The movie gives no explanation to who was running the castle while the little girls are growing up. This could have easily been fixed by adding a wise old character, possibly someone from the household (like Rafiki in the Lion King).
There was none, though. So moving past that plot hole (please, correct me if you found something I didn't that explains this), let's move on to Elsa.
First off, I'm not trying to bash on the movie completely. There were good elements to it. Anna and Elsa I found very cute, and Anna herself was simply adorable. Still, though, there was something missing in Elsa's character that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I decided to try.
I'll use one of my favorite movies to try to explain what I'm thinking; Rise of the Guardians, by Dreamworks. I have no problem saying that Dreamworks is my ultimate favorite, and Rise of the Guardians quickly became in my top ten favorite movies the moment I laid eyes on it in the movie theatre.
The real eye-catcher and heart-breaker of the movie is Jack Frost. This charming, cold little boy stole the audience's hearts with his loneliness and childish passion.
This is what I felt missing with Elsa's character.
Jack and Elsa were both very lonely people, who spent a good chunk of their lives in isolation. Obviously, they are not the same character, but they are still very much in similar situations. Both have powers they cannot explain, both are hidden away from everyone until a certain, pivotal point in the movie.
Jack had something else to his character, however. No matter his frustration with the Moon or his loneliness or his spite at others not being able to see and appreciate him, he still cared for others, and he still loved to have fun.
Not so much depth was added to Elsa's character. She was a lonely young woman who was terrified of her powers. She was told her entire life to keep them hidden. That part is fine. A little plain, but fine.
But then, her powers are revealed and her fears are confirmed, and everyone is terrified of her--and she decides to let it go. She doesn't care anymore. I paused the movie at this point and had to think about it in shock. I couldn't understand how she went from being panicked and worried to suddenly being chill about everything, and actually wanting to be alone.
Now I somewhat understand that, after all of her time spent alone, she may have realized that she doesn't need anyone else, but this shows a special disregard for Anna's feelings of her, which makes no sense, since the entire resolution of the movie is the fact that their love for each other solves everything.
While watching the movie, Elsa felt nothing to me but a plot point and the channel for a good, catchy song. The connection and depth into her psychology they could have done simply wasn't there, so honestly, I didn't care what happened to Elsa.
Sure, the main heroine was obviously Anna, who I can't say anything bad about--and her boyfriend, who was absolutely adorable. The magical rocks that had no explanation were slightly off-putting, and, just since I'm on a roll, I'll go ahead and state that I found every song obnoxiously cartoony except for "Let It Go".
Now some people will say "Calm down, it's just a kid's movie". True, it is a children's movie, and it is animated and 'cartoonish', but that doesn't mean anything to me. I look for quality in all I watch and read, and there are plenty of children's movies, from Disney and DreamWorks and Pixar, etc, that have more emotional depth and solid plot that are enjoyable for children, teens, and adults.
With how movies are advancing lately, especially Disney and DreamWorks, this movie fell flat for me. I congratulate the writers and designers and actors and everyone else who were successful for this movie and wish them the best in the future.
If you agree or disagree, let me know. I'd love to have it out in the comments.