Saturday, February 01, 2014
"Frozen" (2013) -- Initial Thoughts
I found Frozen to be totally refreshing -- and not just because I absolutely love snow and winter, though I did spend most of the movie wanting to frolic around in all that delightful whiteness. (Yes, I'm the mommy that sleds down the backyard hill with her children.) To quote Elsa, "The cold never bothered me anyway." I love winter, I love snow, and if I could pick a superpower, I would totally pick being able to create snowstorms and ice palaces. Yes, please. Where do I sign?
The main reason I liked Frozen is because it's so different from so many animated princess movies. The important relationship here wasn't between a pretty girl and a handsome boy, it was between two sisters. Love at first sight? Totally kaboshed as imaginary hooey. Falling in love with a person you've gotten to know first before you saw them as an object of affection? Celebrated! Endless optimism in the face of harsh reality? Embraced! (I mean you, Olaf. I like warm hugs too!)
If you want a more coherent, thought-provoking, and totally amazing blog post about all of Frozen's theological relevance, I'm not going to write one, cuz someone else already did, and you can read it here. Yes. Theology in a Disney movie. Probably not intentionally, but the whole idea of humans as unable to control sin and sacrifical love saving the world -- it's all so totally clear, man! Go read that blog post already -- though be warned it does contain major spoilage.
Meanwhile, I'm going to dig out Hans Christian Anderson's original story that supposedly inspired this and read it for the first time in probably twenty years. I may post about that later, we'll see.