Not only is Disney’s Frozen the best animated film I’ve seen in a while, it is also one of the best films released in 2013. Frozen balances a perfect blend of humor, romance and story to create one of the best animated movies in recent history. I’m not surprised that the same makers of Wreck-it-Ralph and Tangled created this masterpiece as well but I am surprised that has the potential to push its genre forward. I’ve seen Frozen compared to The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid; and after watching it, I can say wholeheartedly that I believe Frozen is an animated instant classic of our time.
*Heavy spoilers for the entire movie *
Clever Twist of Romance
First off, when Anna fell in love with Hans almost twenty minutes into the movie I was intrigued. Then he asked her to marry him, and she said yes, I literally screamed: “That was fast.” Former Disney movies have stretched out the “beginning romance” for the entirety of the movie but Frozen did it within the first quarter. But what they do with that romance is what is pivotal for the movie and maybe even future princess movies. Anna tells her sister that she’s engaged to Hans, but her sister doesn’t approve at all. Rightfully so, Elsa knows that her sister Anna is rushing head forward into a huge mistake. This leads to an argument between the two sisters and it sets up the plot of the movie. Pointing out the trope of “girl meets guy and falls in love” so blatantly was brilliant. They even make fun of it when Anna tells Kristoff that she is engaged to someone she just meet. So when Anna left to chase after her sister, I jokingly thought: “What if Hans turns out to be the villain of the movie… That would be amazing.” AND THEN IT HAPPENED! I mean holy crap! Anna and Hans seemed to have great chemistry in the short amount of time they were together, and Hans didn’t come off as someone with a dark agenda so you don’t expect it to actually happen. This twist is the exact opposite of the “Princess falls head over heels for the charming prince and they live happily ever after” trope created by Disney Princess movies. Ho w remarkable is that. Disney creates the trend of the princess falling in love with the first guy she meets and then they shatter it years later. Granted, Anna and Kristoff end up together, but they don’t get married on the same day they meet. Heck, they don’t even get married by the end of the film. Props to them for actually having the guts to pull a story like this off.
Not One, But Two Worthy Princesses
Frozen has two leading ladies who are both worthy to be called a Disney Princess. Neither princess is reduced to a damsel in distress, both Elsa and Anna hold their own. Elsa is in fewer scenes then Anna, but she still has character and emotion; she isn’t just in the movie for show. Both characters have enough personality and purpose and they both feel necessary to the story. Anna steps in the way to sacrifice herself for Elsa, and Elsa repays the favor by defrosting her. The second half of the movie, Anna was at risk to be turned into a human Popsicle. The movie was pushing the only thing that could save her was a kiss from her true love. But what actually happens, is Elsa’s true love for Anna saves her, instead of a kiss from a man.
Frozen passes what is called the “Bechdel Test.” The Bechdel test measures if a fictional piece subjects to gender bias.
- The movie has to have two [named] women in it. (Anna and Elsa. Check.)
- The women must talk to each other. (Yup. They talk in several scenes.)
- The women must talk to each other about something besides a man. (At the party, they talk about how they wish their lives could always be like this)
Frozen passes with flying colors. If anything, Frozen would fail the reverse Bechdel test. The two men, Hans and Kristoff, never interact with each other. This is fine; I just wanted to point out how Frozen does a good job in avoiding that Disney Princess trope that has become so common in today’s media.
Frozen is revolutionary in its genre and in storytelling in general. I personally love this movie enough to call it my favorite movie of 2013.
- Anna is one of the most adorable Disney Princesses ever.
- Olaf the snowman nearly steals the show. He comes with the best humor the movie has to offer in every scene he is in.
- The chemistry between Anna and Kristoff is ridiculously charming.
- Elsa’s struggle to control her powers was handled very elegantly.
- The songs of Frozen are all entertaining and touching in the right way. I was smiling ear to ear during every musical piece.
- “Oh Anna, if only there was someone out there who loved you.”
- “Only true love can thaw a frozen heart.”
- “Some people are worth melting for.”
- “Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle, but put me in summer and I’ll be a- *looks at puddle* HAPPY SNOWMAN!”