I’m a little late to the party I know….but I just watched Disney’s Frozen for the first time. I got it on Blu-Ray as soon as I heard it came out knowing I would like it even though I hadn’t yet seen it. It won two Academy Awards, I’ve heard every cover of ‘Let It Go” imaginable including, but not limited to, the one in 25 languages and the one sung with toy instruments on The Tonight Show. I’ve seen claims on the internet with people saying that Disney has put in subtle subliminal messages meant to corrupt children. (WHAT?!?!) I was even partially spoiled on the ending. (Gee, thanks internet!) Anyway, by the time I actually got it I had so many preconceived notions in my head I wasn’t sure what to expect.
So, after FINALLY watching this crazy hyped up movie, here are my thoughts, and what I took away from the experience.
There may be a few spoilers! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t read! As it will probably not make as much sense!
First, I did like the movie. A lot. I’m not sure I LOVE it, because…well….you can’t fall in love with a movie you just saw today? Right? I don’t want to fall in love just because I’m expected to love it…or because it’s so easy to love….or becau…..(stares dreamily into the beautiful HD 1080p image of a shimmering ice castle)….. wait….snap out of it! I will not marry myself to this movie yet! I must spend some time with it first! 😉
That being said, what I liked most about this movie was the overall message. Like most fairy tales it was full of metaphor, with any number of potential lessons to be learned.
I found that I definitely related more to Elsa than Anna. I doubt I am alone in this.
Anna is so open and eager to meet people, and is so giving and open with her love. She maintained such a deep love for her sister….even when she was kept at arms length for so long. Even after she learned the truth about her sisters powers, she didn’t turn her back on her, she went after her. I love that. Her love was truly unconditional. Something that is easier said than done….
Elsa, on the other hand, is more closed and fearful of what people will think of her “condition”, which is not entirely her fault as she was told for so long that she must keep herself hidden out of fear. A fear that was completely paralyzing to her and only compounded her “condition” which in the end wasn’t a problem at all, it was just misunderstood!
How many of us live in a literal or emotional isolation because of some kind because of fear? Fear of what people may think, what people might say or do? I know I have a tendency to isolate myself when I fear others will not accept some part of who I am. There are more than a few things about myself that I try to hide from others. Again, I doubt I am alone.
I have often kept people at arms length and justified it by telling myself that it was because I didn’t want to hurt anyone. As a result, I feel like many of my relationships have literally frozen in place. An eternal winter with no end in sight… all because I have been living in fear. Fear of what exactly? I don’t think I even know anymore.
I cling to the moral of the story. True love is the only thing that can melt a frozen heart. I am afraid mine gets a little hard sometimes. I want to change that. I want to focus on the love I have for others…. because nothing else matters.
We can sit around and judge each other all day long for things we don’t agree with or understand. What does all that accomplish? Nothing. In the end those things don’t matter. If there is something we don’t understand about someone we love, don’t focus on that… just love them.
So, bring on the SUMMER!
(Aaaaaaannnnnddd, I think I just now got why this movie stirred up controversy….the message of unconditional love…..even for those who we may not understand or agree with…..yup….just googled it…..yeesh… why does everything have to be controversial! Well, THAT is whole another topic for another day!)