Thursday, March 27, 2014

Frozen Review Part 2 "My Opinion in Story"

Okay, where do I start? Let's start with the story...

But first, my last blog was all about the story. Many were wondering exactly why I was so lengthy in that post; so detailed. Well, for one, I wanted, like I said in the beginning, to refresh your memories if you have not seen it in a while. Another reason is because I'm going to address a lot of the little details in this blog. And lastly, I wanted to make it clear just how detailed this movie is, and I'll get to that later. 

Story- So lets began with, well...the beginning. You may have noticed I didn't talk about it in my last review, but most likely, none of you noticed. The "Frozen Heart" song is one of my favorites of this movie and here's why: It's the actual theme song! Many like to say that "Let it Go" is the BIG song of the movie, but Frozen's message is not really about embracing your true self, but about loving the others around you and putting them first. A frozen heart is someone that doesn't care for anyone but themselves. This entire story was about "thawing" the heart. Though it is clearly metaphorical, it's main message is that of the ending.
         Do you want to build a snowman? Literally one of the cutest songs on the planet; this song is actually one of the most thought provoking songs in the film. Let me explain. First off, you have this cute little girl singing about wanting her sister back after her parents locked her in her room (which I'll talk about more later). It then turns into a (maybe tween) girl wanting her sister back; equally as cute. Then, it goes from cute to very depressing. The parents leave to go on a trip (which is believed to be the wedding in the Tangled short?) and DIE! right in front of us! Is this a good thing? Yes! I have to say it was. Watching it for the first time in theaters, I had no idea the parents even die, and seeing that kinda put me off guard. But, is this not like real life? It's like walking through a lovely Spring meadow, watching the birds sing. Then, out of no where, a Hawk snatches up one of them. Yeah, mostly it's played for laughs at that point, but in Frozen, it's quite serious and it's meant to be. Happy to sad things happen all the time, and children's' movies never truly address it. This is something I very much admire about Frozen.
        I'd also like to address this: Why did they keep Anna locked up? It's not like she could tell anyone about Elsa. This would naturally have an affect on both of them, but more so of Anna. Anna has no idea why she can't go outside, Elsa at least knows that. We see exactly how excited Anna is to get out of the castle in the song "For the First Time in Forever." But, I think in reality (if I can even say that word) she would have been quite crazed and vulnerable . Imagine seeing different people, then those of the help, for the first forever.
        Love is an open door for these perfect strangers, Hans and Anna. Did you see what I just said "crazed and vulnerable." She decided to MARRY the first man she comes in contact with! And Elsa, says "No." I have a question, why is Elsa not crazed like Anna is? I believe it's because she is so driven by fear and anxiety that she cannot think about anything else. Otherwise, she would probably be like Anna and there would be a new king and prince in the castle. So, really, Elsa's fear can keep her in line. It can keep her from doing dumb things. But, as we see it this next scene, too much fear can be destructive.
       After Elsa runs off to the mountain and the world is freezing over, Anna basically gives the kingdom to Hans (which clearly a really dumb decision). We then meet Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf.
 FUN FACT ALERT!! Haha, okay! So every once and awhile I will do one of these fun facts in a review.
Did you know....The writer of the original story, The Snow Queen,(which was what Frozen was loosely based on) was Hans Christian Anderson. Hans, Kristoff, Anna, and Sven were all named after him. If you say it really fast, you can hear it.
       Anyway, let's talk about the thing about Kristoff and Sven. I don't get. I know it's meant to be funny, but it really isn't, just awkward. If you don't know what I'm talking about, Kristoff talks to his reindeer, Sven, but not the way you talk to your dog or cat, he actually speaks for him. Yes, I know Kristoff has pretty much grown up with Sven and are really close pals, but that today would be considered...ummm...what's the word for it? CRAZY! He is crazy! And I'll talk more about Kristoff when I talk individually about the characters. 
        "Let it GO, let it go! That's all we ever hear anymore!" Let me be honest here, I really like the song, I do! But, it is not as good as everyone is making it out to be. I'd love to believe it was because of the wonderful performance by Idina Menzel or the wonderful animation that is in this scene, but I don't believe so. I think it's because everyone else likes it the most. Okay, that may not make sense at first but hear me out. Why is it that most people like things? Because they are popular. This song was made out to be the best through advertising and therefore everyone thinks it's the best. Elsa was made out to be the best character, so everyone thinks she is the best character EVER! It's all about the advertising...I'll let you absorb that...
        So, of the most loved characters of this film. And for good reason! He's funny, he's nice, he's simple, and.....FUN FACT ALERT!!! Did you know...The guy that played Olaf (Josh Gad) was said to have improvise a lot of his lines to make the producers laugh!
         Okay, well back to Olaf. I was actually afraid of him being annoying, but actually he was rather the opposite. I think the movie would have lost something if he hadn't been in the picture. I also found his little side joke about not knowing that snow melts in the summer very humorous and the song, "In Summer," only adds to the picture. And this also goes for Sven. He may have a crazy owner, but he himself is a very enjoyable character to say the least.
            Now, I'd talk about the trolls. I didn't see the point. They were not funny and they were not important to the plot. "But the head troll saved Anna!" you may be saying. Yes, he did. The main guy, not all of them. I wish it would have just been him and maybe a small gentle family to help with Kristoff's image. Or maybe some other creature. It's just, we did not know why they were magical, why they act the way they do, why they want to get Kristoff married so fast, we don't know anything about them other than they are magical rock trolls!
            Then we come back to Hans and find how he was the bad guys. Some people saw this coming, but I didn't. I was actually hoping that Hans and Anna would be the couple and Kristoff...I don't know what to do with Kristoff. But the way it turned out did surprise me; it was a good twist ending.
             Then we have the climax of the film. Anna turned to ice, Elsa crying over her frozen body, Kristoff just arriving, and Hans on the floor (cause he's a wimp). Then all is saved when Anna saved herself? No, that's actually what they were saying. Anna, giving herself for her sister saved herself. My take on it however was that, yes, Anna saved Elsa, but Elsa found how exactly how much she loved her sister. In turn, melting Anna. The message they were portraying, is however, very selfish. Expecting something in return for something good you did is not something that needs to be taught.
              It ends with a HAPPILY EVER AFTER.....fin

              So that's it for my opinion in story. I'll post my last part of the Frozen review about the Characters and animation later.


  1. I just want to say, I blog too. My blog gets almost no comments, and when I saw there were no comments on this page, I knew I had to say something. I know that blogging is hard(especially for such a long blog as this!), so I just want to honestly say this is a great review! It made me laugh, and I agree with you about everything you said! :) Thanks for posting this blog, because I love it, and I love Frozen!

  2. AWESOME! Thanks! :D What's your blog? I'll check it out :) Glad you enjoyed, I hoped someone would!

    1. U don't have to see it if you don't want to(it's a childish blog), but its And I'm glad! :)

    2. AWESOME! Thanks for reading! :D