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Frozen

April 13, 2014

Man I have like 18 drafts and every time I decide that now I’ll go and finish one of them I end up creating a new draft on a completely different subject. I’ve had to move this text from post to post and increase the number by one far too many times…

This post has been pretty difficult to write, since it’s been sitting in my drafts since December, and during that time my opinions have wildly varied from “BEST MOVIE EVER!” to “this thing actually has a ton of flaws“, and now I should write a somewhat coherent result out of that. Plus everything has probably been said on other blogs already, but there’s not much I can do about that.

But anyway, Frozen, which should be called Snow Queen, tells the story of princesses Anna and Elsa. The older sister Elsa has had ice powers ever since she was a child, and the sisters enjoyed the snowy games the powers made possible. One day Anna was accidentally hit with ice, and to heal it her memories of Elsa’s powers had to be taken away. The accident made Elsa fear her powers and withdraw to solitude to avoid hurting anyone, while Anna was confused about why her sister closed her off from her life. Then the parents die, and Elsa must become the queen when she reaches majority. The coronation doesn’t go as planned, because the conflict about Anna wanting to marry a guy she just met causes Elsa to reveal her powers, run away and accidentally freeze the whole town. Anna decides to go after her to convince her to unfreeze everything.

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Review contains spoilers. Picture from Disney Screencaps.

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Frozen impressions so far

May 20, 2013

The 53rd entry to Disney Animated Canon, Frozen, is based on the story Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. It will be released on November 27 and I really can’t wait to see it (actually I’ll have to wait even longer since it always takes a few months for Disney movies to get to Finland). While we know next to nothing about the film many people still feel that they must have an opinion on it, and I’m of course one of those.

I like the Snow Queen story; when I was young I used to watch the old Russian 1957 film so much that the video tape is nowadays in horrible shape. When I first heard about a Disney adaptation I was pretty excited. Some good things about the old film include:

  1. For once the princess is not in another castle, this time it’s the girl who sets out to rescue the boy.
  2. While the girl gets a lot of help from others they only help her forward for a part of the journey, she doesn’t have the same baby sitter or bodyguard from start to finish.
  3. While love is ultimately the solution for the frozen heart problem, the film starts with the main couple swearing eternal love to each other so we don’t get the “character development and plot climax = falling in love” thing for the nth time.

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