Why I didn’t like Frozen/We are the Trolls

Most of you aren’t going to be like WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT FROZEN WAS THE BEST MOVIE EVER.

Well, no, it wasn’t. It may have won an Oscar for best animated feature, and best original song, because hello Idina Menzel (Or Adele Dazeem).

BUT FROZEN IS SUCH A GOOD INFLUENCE ON YOUNG GIRLS.

Yeah no. It’s really not.

1. Female lead does not equal strong female character.
Not even a little bit. For whatever reason, America has decided that Elsa is Disney’s gift to feminism. Elsa is the antithesis of a feminist. She FLEES from her problems. When her sister comes to talk to her in the mountains, she sends a snow monster after her. Not a cute monster, a scary one. That almost kills Anna/Kristoff.
Elsa was told by the creepy troll-man-wizard-thing that she needs to avoid fear. Effectively scaring the crap out of her in the process. (Way to go idiot) Does the troll-man-wizard tell Elsa how to control her powers? Does he help her at all? I mean really help her, not Anna? No. He doesn’t. And for whatever reason, Elsa’s parents accept this. (And lock her in a tower!)
“Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.. conceal, don’t feel”
Are you serious? Yeah do this. Especially when you have X-Men like powers. That ALWAYS works.
Anna doesn’t even make sense to me. Clearly she wants to find “the one”. Way to be noble Anna. The character of Anna is adorable, and awkward and we all like her. I like her. But, what does Anna accomplish at the end of the film? Yeah she’s with Kristoff, and we assume that they’ll be together forever, but there’s no evidence to support that (no engagement). She shows her sister love, and that heals her and her sister.
Just once, just once, can we have two sisters that show each other love for the whole movie? Frozen could have been done that way. The two sisters could have been together the whole time, helping each other, even if Elsa had to be by herself. Elsa could have freaked out and left, but then she could have found her own Mr. Miyagi to help her. Come on Disney.

2. “Let it Go”
Let’s discuss.
“Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyways”
Elsa is effectively saying, I don’t give a damn about controlling myself. I don’t need to be responsible, someone else will figure out.
“And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all”
Oh really? So why exactly did you run away to an ice cold mountain to live by yourself so no one could provoke you and guard it with a snow monster? Yeah you’re real confident in yourself Elsa.

3. Where are all the other girls?
The author of this article points out, where are all the supporting women? Pocahontas had Mother Willow and Nakoma. Merida had her mother, and the witch. Belle had Mrs. Potts and her wardrobe. Aurora was raised by three fairies. Tiana had her mother. Even Mulan had a strong bond with her grandmother. Hey Disney, strong women don’t necessarily just happen; they have a support group/person. It’s like no one else was looking out for Anna/Elsa at all. Where are their teachers? Their role models?Did they just live in the castle by themselves?

4. The door metaphor.
The most overused thing in the movie. Did you notice? Love is an open door? The window is open so’s that door? The entire “Do you want to build a snowman” scene is in front of a door. Disney, we get it. There’s a door between Elsa and Anna that they aren’t sure how to open up (Just turn the#$%$@& handle already)

5. Elsa’s transformation.
All she’s doing is running away and changing her clothes. Nothing else is happening here. Other than her ridiculous heels. She designs an outfit for herself that has heels? Heels are uncomfortable and invented by a man to make a woman’s butt look smaller. Let’s be real here.

6. We are the Trolls.
The song “Fixer Upper” is adorable. (“He only likes to tinkle in the woods!”) But clearly, the Trolls, and the audience, has decided that Anna and Kristoff need to be together. At first they’re all Kristoff needs some fixing, then they’re all wait, no, Anna. But what kind of bugs me is that maybe Anna wont be with Kirstoff. Maybe they’ll just be friends. There is no resolution at the end of the film pertaining to Anna/Kristoff.

Wait, is there resolution at all? I don’t think so. Clearly Anna, and Elsa are going to have a better relationship. With each other and the people of Arendelle. Other than that, there’s really not much to go on. And all of a sudden Elsa is in total control of herself? Really? In 24 hours she found her zen zone? Also, where does Elsa get her powers from? This really bugs me. Like, is it a family trait? The troll-man-wizard asked is she was born with it or cursed with it? So what gives?

Frozen won the Oscar because the music is amazing. And the animation was fantastic. However, I would’ve put Despicable Me 2 over Frozen on story. And the plot of DM2 isn’t that fantastic (But minions). At least with DM2 there is clear resolution and end.

I liked Frozen because it’s cute, and the music is fun, and catchy. But to call it feminist is like saying Game of Thrones is a kids show. It just isn’t.

Peace, Love, and Reindeer,

-C

P.S. Brown dog does not want to build a snowman. Snow is gross.

P.P.S. Andy Serkis is going to be in Episode VII. I am so excited I don’t even know what to do.

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About blondehairbrowndog

C is a recent graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green!) with a bachelors degree in English. She currently resides in the Mitten state with her Mister, three dogs, and one and a half cats. She enjoys large cups of coffee, running, and long walks in the woods.
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