Frozen has been declared my many as the greatest animated film since the Lion King. While yes, I like everyone else went to see Frozen in the theaters and found myself singing Do you Want to Build a Snowman and Let it Go when I was all alone, but I do not buy into all the hype Frozen has received. I want to make one thing clear, Frozen has amazing music, Let it Go especially is an instant Disney classic. But the movie it’s self really was nothing special. There where so many holes in the story, there where several under developed characters, and the pace of the movie felt very rushed. I’d have to say that Tangled was a better film over all, and if we are including Pixar, movies like Toy Story 3 and Up are two more recent films that I would place in front of Frozen. Anyways, the following are a few of the major issues I had with Frozen.
The Trolls: So why are there trolls? They did not fit into the world that Frozen created. How did the King and Queen know about them? Why did they care about a human royal family? Why did they want to erase Anna’s memories? How come they could be more clear with Elsa on how to control her powers? As you can see, the trolls left me so confused on how they fit into the movie. Even without all the questions left unanswered, these trolls are just plain annoying. The fixer upper song had to be the biggest low point of the movie, and they where trying to hook up their human pet with an engaged woman….clearly they lack morals.
Elsa’s Power: Another huge hole in the story is the origins of Elsa’s powers. The whole movie is revolved around this magic power she has, yet we have no idea why or how she has this power. Then there is the fact that she can create life (so she’s a God?). But then even that is inconstant. She creates Olaf and he seems to have no relationship with Elsa and leaves her, but than she creates a snow monster and the monster is her loyal guard? Also, for someone who held in her powers her whole life, she suddenly becomes a master builder, creating a stunning ice castle and somehow a dress? Oh, and lastly, the people of her city where so scare of her but at the end of the movie they suddenly love her and play with her magic made ice rink?
The Villains: Frozen really lacked any good villains. First, we have the Duke of Weselton who rightfully knew Arendelle had a major secret and he wanted to take advantage of it to make more money. He then see’s Elsa go crazy and sends two of his workers to take care of her if she give them trouble. Seems to me like he’s just a rational good business man, but either way, he’s no Scar. Than there is Hans, who is just a want to be king. He plans on killing the two sisters in order to take over the city…now this could work….but wait it’s Frozen and the movie is so rushed that we don’t find out he’s the bad guy till the very end, giving us a villain for like 5 minutes? Then there is our main hero, Elsa, who kind of plays the biggest villain in the film…how does that work? She freezes an entire city and almost kills her sister. But she didn’t mean to….so again no real villain.
Girl Power: What so many people love about this film is the message that women are strong and don’t need a man to save them (hum…Tangled and Mulan where not good enough). Well, this girl power movie really falls short when you look at it closer. First there is Anna, who everyone seems to forget was just boy crazy and decided to get married after meeting a guy a few hours earlier. And for someone who did not need a boy to save her, she sure did seem to need Kristoff to make it to the Ice Castle and he came to save the day at the end of the movie again. Than there is Elsa who’s main downfall is that she can’t control her emotions. I don’t see how that has a very positive message. And when she finally let it go, her sister came to help her, but she acted like a witch to her sister and again because she could not control herself almost kills her sister. Where as in Beauty and the Beast, we had Belle who was the towns greatest reader, sacrificed herself for her father, and fell in love with someone based on their personality rather than their looks….everyone is talking about how progressive Frozen is.
So what do you think, is Frozen as great as everyone makes it out to be? What Disney films would you say are the greatest from the last 20 years? Leave a comment and let us know!