Extended Review of Frozen: “Elsa is Everything”
After months of anticipation, I finally watched Frozen.
And of this there can be no doubt: the film is magnificent and one of Disney’s all-time best.
But with that comes one outstanding frustration:
Somewhere within this very good four-star film, with Elsa as its deuteragonist, is the absolute masterpiece of a five-star film that it could have been, had Elsa been the main protagonist and been given more screen time.
As it exists, it is as good or nearly as good as The Lion King and Cinderella (which I rank fourth and fifth among Disney animated movies), and a shade better than Tangled.
But had this been an Elsa-Anna film rather than an Anna-Elsa film, this could have been better still. Better even than Beauty and the Beast.
Review of Reviewed Frozen: “Anna is ALSO Everything”
You have some very good points in your review and thoughts about the movie Frozen, such as telling the fans to watch the movie as a whole. I agree with you on how the trolls’ Fixer Upper song did not fit into the plot. Yes, Olaf is quite the unremarkable comic relief character. The “You won’t get away with this.” and “I already have.” lines were pretty cliché. Most of all, Elsa is a wonderful character with her conflicting emotions, inner struggles and journey to be free of fear.
Nevertheless, we disagree on our views of Anna. Please take this as my personal opinion or heartfelt persuasion to change your mind on Anna; it is not my intention to disrespect your opinion.
So I finally got to watching Frozen. Well… it is overrated.
Don’t get me wrong — It is a good show. But with all the hype amongst friends, family and 9gag, one would expect the plot to be tighter.
For example, the way they killed off Elsa’s and Anna’s parents felt so contrived. It was like the scriptwriters conveniently got rid of them and decided to never bring them up again. Even worse was that the teenage sisters did not seem to be much affected by their parents’ deaths. By the next scene, Anna was again lively with singing and whirling, while Elsa upheld a stately composure of a queen, as though there were no emotional baggage, nor any memory of their deceased parents. Such a trauma would have made Batmans out of Bruce Waynes.
“There was a 3-year time lapse, surely they could have gotten over them!” So two teenage girls, locked away in a castle, without friends or family, somehow became alright over 3 years? I would think 3 years of loneliness would be very detrimental to their emotional well-being. Not to mention that the rift between the 2 sisters had been rapidly widening ever since Elsa decided to shut Anna out of her life. I’m just saying it would not hurt to make them a little more human.
Calculating plot points occurred time and again. The trolls somehow knew everything about how Anna was to be healed of her freezing heart. Olaf conveniently appeared whenever he was needed. By the way, I believe the writers did their best to make Olaf that comical, goofy and lovable character found in many other stories, but he didn’t quite hit the spot.
But it is a kids’ show after all, so we can’t expect too much from it… except that all the hype were coming from adults.
Nonetheless, the art style and animations were amazing! The character animations and facial expressions complimented the vibrant musical numbers. Not to mention all the cloth physics and the glove removal scene! It can be hairy to get it done right. Very well done.
Elsa’s ice powers were way awesome! I particularly love the creation of the ice tower; from Elsa’s epic ice fractal foot stomp to the crawling intricacies that decorated the hall, that scene was tight. One can only imagine how many man-hours were put into that one scene. Special effects team, I salute you.
God be praised that the writers chose not to solve Anna’s freezing heart with a very cliche prince’s kiss.
The musical pieces were wonderful, particularly Let It Go and For The First Time in Forever.
Kudos to Kristen Bell for bringing the vibrant Anna to life, and to Idina Menzel for her powerful vocals.
Again, Frozen is not a bad show. It is a good family movie with a simple story. It is just that some people made it seem like the shiniest golden egg Mickey Mouse has ever laid. Verdict: 7.5/10.
Very impacted by what Pastor Kong preached today. Truly praying by the scripture elevates us from depression and expresses our emotions.
Psalms 38:4-6, 8, 10, 13-15, 17-18, 21-22
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness.
I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long.
I am feeble and severely broken;
I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.
My heart pants, my strength fails me;
As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
Thus I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth is no response.
For in You, O Lord, I hope;
You will hear, O Lord my God.
For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in anguish over my sin.
Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, be not far from me!
Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
After reading a well-written post by a Christian who has understanding in the Word, certain aspects of the doctrines I subscribe to have to be challenged or further established. In fact, I realized that I’m not sure about so many things, including:
There are many scriptures that support one school of thought, yet plenty that support another school of thought. How do we reconcile everything?
It’s time to dig deep into the Word! If you have any good Scripture and material to share, feel free to do so.
Nevertheless, I know one thing is for sure: Jesus loves me.
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” - 2 Tim 2:15