Sunday, November 2, 2014

Frozen

Mary made me rewatch Frozen. It's an okay movie, but overexposure to the movie has ruined it for me. I think I've said this before, but most of the cast serves as comedy relief, which makes it overly hard to take the characters seriously.

Like Anna. Her personality is "awkward / funny". Whenever she tries to be serious, the movie turns it into a punchline. This completely undercuts her romantic subplot. Why does the movie expect the viewers to believe the Anna / Hans romance is real, when every time it gets mentioned, it's a joke?

The love between Anna and Elsa is supposed to be the emotional core of the movie, but this doesn't come across because there is only one scene with the two of them together, before they are ripped apart. Also, there's an entire song about how distant they are. Possibly two songs, if you count "First Time in Forever".

I know they had the scene of Anna and Elsa as happy kids together, but that wasn't enough to sell me on the premise that they're best sister-friends forever. Partially because the scene included Anna's memories being erased. The movie doesn't address the fact that the trolls completely mind-wipe the poor child because...um...why did they erase her memory? I think they say it's to make her safe, but that's a lie. She's safer if she KNOWS the danger exists, than if she forgets about it.

I'm also a little skeptical about Elsa's inability to control her emotions. Introverted people are very good at that, yet Elsa can't keep her emotions down, for more than ten seconds. The girl has been practicing self-control for over ten years, and she still hasn't gotten it down? That's a bit of a stretch for me. To be fair, I'm only complaining about Elsa's problems in the coronation scene; when Elsa blows her top at Anna over the marriage thing, that's much more realistic.

I find it amazing that Elsa gets hailed as the most feminist-friendly, progressive Disney princess, given the fact that she grows two cup sizes during her big musical number.

(More on Frozen tomorrow.)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I honestly like the movie mostly for the vague plotline. I think as we grow up we start to enjoy entertainment less, we think about it like 'would I believe this if it were real' so I think if you can, then just enjoy it! ;D ;D ;D

Anonymous said...

Why does the movie expect the viewers to believe the Anna and Hans romance is real, when every time it gets mentioned, it's a joke?

Because it is a joke. They don't expect us to believe its real. Most of your points are based off of skewed premises and assumptions, I've noticed. We may not know Hans is evil, but we DO know that Anna's going to end up with Kristoff one way or another, strictly because it's not as quick and absurdly goofy as her 'relationship' with Hans.

I know they had the scene of Anna and Elsa as happy kids together, but that wasn't enough to sell me on the premise that they're best sister-friends forever.

Why not? What more do you want? They're happy together. It's painfully obvious, and it's literally all that matters. We don't need their life story, we just need to know that that they're happy and they love each other dearly, before everything goes down the toilet. The snowman scene illustrated it nicely. The point of the movie is then to show that Elsa deliberately treats her as unsisterlylike as possible.

Partially because the scene included Anna's memories being erased. The movie doesn't address the fact that the trolls completely mind-wipe the poor child because...um...why did they erase her memory? I think they say it's to make her safe, but that's a lie. She's safer if she KNOWS the danger exists, than if she forgets about it.

This I agree with, but I don't know why you think it takes away from portraying their relationship. It kickstarts Elsa's self-exile and horrible treatment of Anna. It's a terrible move from a storytelling standpoint, as you say, but it explains perfectly why their relationship changes. So I don't really know why you're factoring it into your "they're not convincing as sisters" spiel. I'm not surprised though, because your Frozen arguments usually make no sense anyway.

I'm also a little skeptical about Elsa's inability to control her emotions. Introverted people are very good at that, yet Elsa can't keep her emotions down, for more than ten seconds. The girl has been practicing self-control for over ten years, and she still hasn't gotten it down? That's a bit of a stretch for me. To be fair, I'm only complaining about Elsa's problems in the coronation scene; when Elsa blows her top at Anna over the marriage thing, that's much more realistic.

She may not have been introverted at all. Nothing about the opening flashback scene indicates she's introverted. She certainly didn't like being alone. It might not have been her nature; she only did what she thought she had to do to protect everyone around her, whether she wanted to or not (and she didn't).

Um ... and furthermore, introversion doesn't mean apathetic or able to hide emotions. In fact, it has absolutely nothing to do with it, so ... fail.

And assuming she almost never saw Anna or anyone, she may very well have had decent control over it - we only see her slipping when: her parents die, she's stressing about, y'know, the biggest, most important day of her life, and trying to deal with Anna's stupidity. Again, you can't really extrapolate from just the coronation scene. That's just as lazy as the troll plot point you mentioned above.

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that Elsa gets hailed as the most feminist-friendly, progressive Disney princess, given the fact that she grows two cup sizes during her big musical number

What in the absolute name of any random deity do you mean by this? One, no, she doesn't grow. Two, why does THAT, of ALL things have to do with being progressive? I'm not saying she IS progressive, because she isn't really that extraordinary in that regard. Neither is Anna. But WHY do you find her endowment of all things to be significant? That's actually unbelievably stupid. AND furthermore, I have not heard one person ever claim that Elsa is the most progressive Disney princess. I hear people saying that other people say this, but I have not heard people themselves saying this.

Eh... said...

The writer of the two comments above me is a a meanie and needs to take a chill pill. They're probably called Rachel -as many, many unjustifiably supercilious people are.

To the person above me; you seem to be quite intelligent, but apparently, not very tactful or pleasant to be around. You see, while you ARE making some very good points, Michael isn't a movie reviewer, he's a videogame expert. The reviews he DOES DO (books and games) aren't supposed to be examples of in-depth analysis, they're supposed to make you laugh. Michael is a comedian, and he should be entitled to his own comically exaggerated opinion, especially on his own blog. Now, you are also entitled to your own opinion on this blog, and you are certainly allowed to point out some things Michael may have gotten wrong or not paid enough attention to, but you really didn't need to call him stupid and claim that his views on Frozen were inconsequential or incorrect. It's a movie. Let it go. You are kinda being a bully.

Now, if you think I'm a hypocritical little kid who doesn't know what they're talking about...

...you're right. Duh. A mature person never would have dignified you with a response.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I know, and I regret the comments I made. And I realized the last part about feminism was probably a joke, so I apologize for that, too. And no, my name is not Rachel, although the two Rachels I know were not pleasant to be around.

I know Michael isn't a movie reviewer, and that his posts like these should be taken in fun. It was fun ... the first two times he made them. But this is like the 6th time he's made a poorly-constructed Frozen review, and while he says he's tired of the Frozen hype, he simply does not stop talking about it. I like Frozen, and even I'M tired of hearing about it.

Though he probably makes them just so he can watch me overreact ... I'm very easy to bait when it comes to Disney.

I don't think you're hypocritical. I was rude. However, I think my counters still stand legitimately, sans the spite.

So, sorry Michael. Hopefully you got some amusement out of my overreaction ...

Anonymous said...

I liked Frozen a lot, but it does have its problems. However I don't think those problems take much from my enjoyment of the film. It's a kid's movie after all.

Eh... said...

Hey, now THAT was nice. :D A reply like that is a great example of how people should respond. When I wrote what I did, defending Michael and all, I expected to either be ignored, or yelled and sworn at. Having someone react in such a polite way was a huge breath of fresh air.
I guess you're not a meanie after all... and I am also REALLY sorry for assuming your name was Rachel -seriously, what's up with that? I was once frequently verbally abused by someone called Rachel, while we were supposedly still friends.

Anyway, you seem like you know your stuff, maybe you can make your own movie reviews? I'm sure you'd be very good at them! :)