Thursday, January 2, 2014

Frozen - The Villain

I've got more to say about Frozen, and this time, I'm talking about the villain.  Highlight the text to read it.

At what point does Hans turn evil?  Either he was evil all along, and just pretending to be good, or he was good and later decided to turn evil.

The biggest problem with Hans being evil is that he saves Elsa's life in the ice castle, two scenes before he reveals his evilness.  If his plan was to kill Elsa all along, it makes no sense for him to save her life.  Granted, he only had a split-second to think things over, but it's strange that his instinct is to save her from the Wesselton Sniper.

Also if he's evil all along, it makes little sense for him to go on the expedition to save Anna / confront Elsa.  From his standpoint, the best case scenario is one in which both princesses die.  Granted, he wants to make it seem like he's deeply concerned for their safety, but he could have done that without risking his life.

You could argue that he goes out because he wants to be 100% certain that they're dead, but...well...he doesn't do that when Anna is dying. He just gets up and leaves, instead of making sure she's dead.  Maybe he just got lazy and tired of waiting in between those scenes.

Another (minor) problem with Hans being evil is that everyone magically knows about it.  The foreign dignitaries all cheer when Hans is punched, even though no one told them Hans was evil.  Kristoff also makes a move to attack Hans, even though he has never seen Hans before and doesn't know he's evil. Maybe everyone just guessed that Hans would become a villain?


C said...

He was evil all along. That's really a no-brainer here.

You do remember that when he saved Elsa's life, the arrow redirected into a giant chandelier that nearly crushed Elsa? That MAY have been intentional. It might not have.

And remember, after that happened, he took her back to Arendelle and asked her to thaw the winter. He still needed her because he and everyone still believed that she might have had the power to stop it.Of course, they also believed that even if she did, killing her would stop it anyway (which is a ridiculous assumption - if you're going to nitpick anything in this movie, nitpick that). But Hans I guess has some good in him and decided to talk it out first. Only after Elsa confirms that she has no power to stop it does he decide he needs to kill her. And it's hard to kill rampaging snow queen, so to subdue her he needs to tell her Anna is dead (which actually could have gone horribly, horribly wrong).

He doesn't need both princesses to die - you're forgetting one crucial detail: he still has to marry into the family, otherwise he's just another prince, the last in a very long line of brothers. That's his motivation. And, as you said, he wants to endear himself to Arendelle - to do that he can't really come off as a heartless maniac, he has to go out and actually do something.

And he left Anna to die - because to him it was a done deal. She was freezing to death and had no true love. You pointed out that Kristoff doesn't know who Hans is - likewise, Hans has no idea that another potential true love, Kristoff, exists. How on earth would she ever get out of that? I don't think "talking snowman and random ice vendor on reindeer-back" entered his mind.

And your last point has merit, but remember he told everyone that Anna was dead - and yet here she is, alive and well. Lying isn't exactly a valued trait in royalty. Plus, Elsa just thawed the winter, something that couldn't have happened if Hans had killed her like he told everyone he needed to do.

Tiffany said...

Hans was evil all along, just like the above comment says. He went on the expedition to kill Elsa, when he shot the chandelier, and counted on Anna succumbing to her injuries. If you can call them injuries.