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Sunday, January 5th, 2014 07:11 pm
I seldom post movie or book reviews. I mostly enjoy what I enjoy and then move along. But Frozen...I loved Frozen, and I want to write about it. :) So, starting without spoilers, but there will be spoilers behind the cut and no need to avoid them in the comments.

The non-spoiler version: This is a very Disney, classical Disney, movie in look/feel, and it's definitely a Disney musical. My understanding - and I have not read the source - is that you had best treat it as its own thing and not expect it to look like its source.

It is visually beautiful and glorious. The music is amazing, and some of the more questionable Disney tendencies with regard to women are either not present or severely dialed back, IMO.

Olaf, the snowman, could easily drive me around the bend several times if I had to watch too much of him. Luckily, he's not so pervasive that that's a problem. And he is funny when he appears - but like many forms of snack, he's best taken in moderation, IMO.

Bring a coat if you're prone to getting cold while looking at cold weather sitting in your theater. I was chilly. :P

Scott and I saw this. We didn't take the boys. I'm debating whether I'm willing to let them watch it yet. I'm not sure whether or not Ian would really understand the areas that worry me; Drew would, and I'm not sure if he's ready to have to think about those topics. He might be, and I think overall he'd really like the movie otherwise. I think Ian would, because Ian is my little dancer who adores music.

The first line of spoilers below the cut will be my list of potential triggers/questionable elements for small children. After that, the in-depth babble.

Spoilers ahead:

First, potential triggers/questionable elements: one kid almost killing another on accident; parents making HUGE mistakes in rearing their children, to their potential great harm; parental death before children are grown up. And yes, there are also other deaths, and scary people and animals.

More detailed:

On the one hand, the parents' huge mistake in how they rear their eldest means messaging that parents CAN make huge mistakes. That one is true, and it doesn't bother me. The one that worries me for discussion with Drew is the idea of one kid being able to hurt another, and the death of the parents. Both would hit him fairly hard, I think. Major injury and death is a hard topic. That doesn't mean it should not be discussed, but I'm not entirely sure if he's ready for that discussion or it should wait a year.

On the other hand, there are a lot of reasons I want to show them this movie eventually if not now, and want to own a copy (and hug it and call it George and...well, not quite, but close).

There's the basic 'visually and musically stunning' which it is, in all regards, yes. I would happily buy it for that alone, even if the other things I love weren't there. But they are.

Things I love:
* True love that happens in a day occurs...and is debunked. I LOVE it when this trope gets subverted.
* True love that builds over time appears, but doesn't have to be rushed into a marriage and 'happily ever after'.
* The love that saves the one sister is not 'true love' or a man, but her OWN love for her sister, and the intended sacrifice therein.

Wait, a Disney film that puts the sibling relationship above all? AWESOME.

The scene for the song "Let It Go" has caused some controversy because the queen is "sexualized" by the end of it. To which I can only say: WTF?? Okay, yes, her transformed dress has cleavage (NOT MUCH) and a slit up the side, and yes, she has the eyeshadow going on. But what I see is a transformation from contained and childlike to power, wildness, and adulthood. She's not so much sexual as intensely powerful. Her hair is in a single braid, it's not cascading all over. And there's not a man in sight for her - not then, and not by the end of the film, either. She is, at that point, pretty much declaring her alone-ness. She's just owning her power. Showing the cleavage - yes, Disney put a tiny bit of spin on 'power' that is slightly sexual. The slit up the side? Watch the scene again where she goes up the mountain and the dress sometimes hampers her movement. She runs in it, but her steps are shortened. The transformed dress lets her STRIDE, and by golly she does. And the one look at the end is smug, dismissive, but not intended - IMO - as sultry.

This is a woman, no longer a girl, owning her strength. IMO.

If you don't mind spoilers, or don't plan to see the movie, and in any way like Disney animation or music, may I strongly suggest watching the "Let It Go" song/video, which is available on YouTube? It's gorgeous, IMO. Here's a link to the official version of Let It Go.
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Monday, January 6th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
I really loved the "Let It Go" sequence; I've not seen the movie yet, but based on this I think I'd like to.

Tagged you elsebook for a salty parody of the song in defense of altos... basically a stiff accusation as to why are all Disney princesses sopranos?
Monday, January 6th, 2014 08:01 am (UTC)
<3! You've got good points that awful things happen in this movie, certainly for sensitive adults and very small children. And yeah, I loved the movie for a lot of the reasons you list.

Let it Go -- it's a -wonderful- song. I love that it's a girl who's been bound by society, and by her own and her parents fears, learning to let go of the fear and learn who she is, who she can become, and what she can do. I've been singing it -incessantly- since we saw it.

And, frankly, I love that it's got that bit of heart-breaking truth/lie in it ("The cold never bothered me anyway" -- true, of course, but also a statement about isolation that is patently false) and that most of the future-predicting statements she makes there turn out to be patently false. Because she's finally getting a chance to live, to relax, to know herself -- but she's not done growing yet.
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
Yup! It's fun to think about, maybe write, as AU fanfic. But then there wouldn't have been a story; certainly not -that- story. And Elsa being that damaged is a lot of why it's as powerful as story as it is.