I swear I wrote this before this movie walked away with an Oscar.
First I will say that this movie is strikingly beautiful. It’s not like those rain forest movies. That’s been done and done and done. This movie is mostly ice and snow. You would think that would get boring in a cartoon after a few minutes. But with the magic of Disney studios and a few touches from Elsa the snow queen ordinary ice is transformed into glowing ice towers and spectacular sculptures lit from underneath by what looks like traveling LED lights.
For me the spotlight of the film is Elsa’s freedom song. Let It Go. Like all good girls she was taught to hide her feelings and her talents until they inevitably burst out of her. Her facial expressions and body movements are a perfect blend as far as the marriage of human movement and animation goes. Elsa’s song depicts liberation, but clearly shows her turning icy and evil. Listen closely to the lyrics. Girl child is about to turn bad. Or so I thought.
The movie has a downside. It’s the story. It’s lame and quite weak. I felt I was promised something I did not get. Things were hinted at but did not come to fruition. After reading a little of the back story I understood what was going on.
Elsa was originally supposed to turn into the cold heartless villain. Well, fairy tale villains die and this queen was far too young and beautiful to turn ugly and fall off a cliff. It seems that young girls identified with her more than boring Anna. So they re-wrote the part of Hans and made him the scapegoat. When he turned sour I asked the air, “Are you kidding me?” Such a twist is an old soap opera cop out used when the writers run out of ideas.
We were also led to believe that the Duke of Weselton was going to be the villain. He fizzled out like a cheap 4th of July sparkler. Why was he even in the picture except for a little comic relief? Wasn’t that the snowman’s job? I know that Disney studios often pay homage to a real person by sticking them in a cartoon. Maybe that was the case.
We find out that the wounded and chilling heart of Anna could only be warmed by a true act of love. We got hints that Olaf the snowman was going to be the sacrifice, but nope, Disney tricked us again.
There are lots of hints in this story that those of us who study this sort of thing pick up. Anna has the warm heart and Elsa has the cold heart. Ana has warm auburn hair and Elsa has cold ash blond hair. Elsa’s jammies are also the same ice blue as her queenly gown.
I also saw hints that led me to believe that Anna and Elsa might have originally started out as twins. Look at the banners in front of the castle: Twin silhouettes of young girls opposing each other. You don’t do that if only one person is in the spotlight. Remember the scene when the sisters are standing side by side with the throne behind them? That throne is bi colored representing the dual nature of the sisters. But there is only one throne. Is that a Jeckle and Hyde moment or what? Ana mentions how hot it was in there while Elsa remains cool and collected. Hint hint. Elsa also threw her crown away, opening the door for her sister to become queen. Had they been twins…
I see several ways this story could have gone. Anna could have been the sister with the warm heart and magic spells of her own. What a battle that would have been: fire and ice battle it out for the crown. Of course they would both have to win. Remember that bi colored throne? The queen could have had a change of heart after destroying everything and warmed up so she wouldn’t have to go all Ursula on us and die or be banished. I kind of wanted to see her with the sleigh pulled by polar bears. (That was a deleted scene.) Although where she got polar bears in the Swiss Alps I don’t know. I’m guessing it was the Swiss Alps since they had fiords and names like Olaf and Sven.
I had lots of questions. Why was it summer in the town but winter in the mountains? I know there are snow capped mountains, especially in Switzerland but do you know how long it takes to walk up a mountain…in heels? And what was with the Eskimos singing? Not a brown face to be seen in this picture. Maybe they came from the same place as the polar bears.
Of course this is all speculation on my part. Elsa and Anna may have never been meant to be twins at all. Anna’s hair color may have been incidental. Maybe those weren’t Eskimos singing. I haven’t read Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen (although I intend to) and although there is a lot of “information” on Wikipedia, It is not reliable and I only go to that site for entertainment purposes.
So there it is. Just my two cents.