*waits for collective gasps, tomato-throwing, and general rage to die down*
Much of my relationship with popular media is a constant battle between "I don't trust the opinion of the masses" and "I just want to satisfy my curiosity and see what everyone is talking about". I had barely heard of Frozen until right before it came out, and since then, I've been hearing about it everywhere. I had little desire to actually see it until I kept hearing people raving and raving about how amazing it is. Ultimately, it was more a matter of curiosity than anything else. (Besides, I still haven't seen Brave. I know. Don't judge me.)
- It's so pretty. The animation is lovely. The landscapes are gorgeous, the clothing is colorful, and the magic powers are awesome. The movie certainly has its flaws, but the visuals are not among them. It's full of purples and blues and whites that make the whole thing seem more magical than it already is. (But why are Elsa's eyes so big? I understand why Disney gives their protagonists disproportionately large eyes, but it's getting a bit extreme.)
- It's so sparkly! Speaking of magic, this movie just...sparkles. I didn't think a movie could sparkly, but apparently, it's possible. It's not quite at an Anastasia level of glitter, but it's getting close.
- But so overhyped. I enjoyed it, but it's not as good as people say it is. I have only seen two movies of the five that were up for the Oscar this year for best animation, but between this and Despicable Me 2, I would have given the Oscar to the latter. As Disney movies go, there are plenty that I like more than this.
- Speaking of Oscars...'Let It Go' is also overhyped. Let's do a Disney lyric comparison:
"Gotta keep one jump ahead of the breadline
One swing ahead of the sword
I steal only what I can't afford (That's everything!)
One jump ahead of the lawmen
That's all, and that's no joke
These guys don't appreciate I'm broke"
-'One Jump Ahead', Aladdin
I understand that I'm comparing two dissimilar things, but my point still stands. Disney songs like 'One Jump Ahead', 'Reflection', 'Colors of the Wind', etc., are either clever, meaningful, unique, or a combination of all three. But 'Let It Go' doesn't meet this standard. Here's the refrain:
"Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway"
-'Let It Go', Frozen
The lyrics are what I like to call "sloshy"--lyrics that sound a bit generic, and lack substance. It's not bad, but I don't see what the big deal is all about. Is this really Oscar-worthy? I think not. (Also, doesn't it sound familiar? Right--that's because it is. Disney and Demi Lovato have done this before.)
- Elsa's sudden attitude change that precedes this song in the first place is not prompted by...anything. One minute, she wants to hide her powers and keep it contained. The next, she's singing 'Let It Go' at the top of her lungs. There was no visible cause of the attitude change, which made it not make sense. I'm sure something was happening internally, and some thought caused her to realize this, but in that case, you have to show the audience.
- This is not possible: here's what it looks like.) And now she's suddenly pulling it down into a french braid? That doesn't happen.
I'm just very interested in your hair and the magical qualities it possesses.
- Another problem with a movie this popular is that spoilers are everywhere. (Including this paragraph.) I already knew the major plot twist (that Hans is bad news) before I saw it. Instead of looking at Hans and Anna and thinking, "That's so cute!", I was sitting there waiting for the revelation to happen. Then again, I spent the whole time looking for foreshadowing of his betrayal, so I don't feel deprived. By the way, that's how writers watch movies. We pick out the foreshadowing and other storytelling tricks.
- Pacing: LOL, what's that? The day after watching this movie, I quickly jotted down some notes in this post so that I could later expand on them. Most of my notes have become the bolded headings, but with less caps lock, and written so that they make sense to someone other than me. This one, though, I kept how it is, because that's word-for-word what I was thinking during the beginning of this movie. For me, the beginning was hard to get into, mostly because of the pacing. It starts out with a song about ice, and then snowman-making, and then BAM! major plot point and then BAM! suddenly they're orphans. The parents' deaths felt so glazed-over. Things started happening quickly, and for me, it didn't work.
- Excuse me...nobody told me that Alan Tudyk is in this. Well, briefly. But he's still in it. Okay, carry on.
- Is that Gondor in the background of 'Let It Go'? I'm pretty sure that's Gondor.
- Yay for movies about sibling relationships. I feel that this is an underused topic, especially when so many movies (even Disney movies) put more of the focus on romantic relationships than family relationships. [Insert Jaime/Cersei Lannister joke here] While Frozen certainly has its share of romance, in the end, it's about Anna and Elsa's relationship. And I appreciate that. I appreciate a movie like this that spends time establishing and developing this relationship. I like how it lies at the very heart of the movie.
- For some reason, all I could think of when this happened... "What, the curtains?"
- I love Kristoff. I love the initial apathy. I love the reluctant way he befriends Anna. He's the most down-to-earth person in the entire movie. He was raised by trolls. And besides, he has a lot of feelings about ice. What's not to love?
"I might cry."
- THE PHAAAAANTOM OF THE OPERA IS THERE...INSIIIIDE YOUR MIIIND.
- I saw it. I liked it. Can we all please stop talking about it? Even though I'm nitpicking it, mostly because of the hype, I still enjoyed it. It's cute, pretty, enjoyable, and has a good message. But I don't think it's the most amazing thing to ever hit theaters, even though so many people are still raving about it, months after it came out. Maybe I'm contradicting myself by writing about it, but...isn't it time to tone down the hype? Just a little?