So, first week into my Easter break and I’ve finally seen Frozen, the Disney film which everyone is calling the best of their 3D animated films (not including Pixar) and Tumblr will not just shut up about. I’m sadly one of those type of people who has to watch/play something due to it’s hype, see my Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition lets play for an example, and normally my opinions to it may be lesser to everyone else. Frozen is one of them.
Before I continue, this part is my Spoiler Free, TL;DR summary of Frozen:
Frozen is a good film, there’s no doubt about it. Animation is brilliant, the use of scenes and sets are wonderfully done. Characters & Songs are memorable and I was never bored. But it’s not a great film, there are things in the film’s story I think could of been improved to make it great if not just below.
Everything beyond this sentence is now in spoiler territory, read at your own risk!
So at the beginning of the film, we see Anna & Elisa playing in with the snow Elsa creates. Elsa hits Anna with her powers on the head & their parents take her to the Trolls. The Troll Shaman Leader changes Anna’s memories to forget Elsa ever had these powers. So far, interesting… What are the King & Queen gonna do? They lock up the castle and hide Elsa away in her room. They don’t tell Anna why she’s staying hidden in her room, Anna is just left in the dark thinking Elsa is now ignoring her with no reason given. Here’s my first problem with the story, there was no evidence the parents told Anna that Elsa had to stay in her room. There could of been a small part of the “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” song where the parents could of told Anna something like “Elsa has fallen ill and needs to rest, we don’t know when she’ll be better…” it’s small, but it would of been nice context wise.
So let’s now fast forward a bit. Elsa has become Snow Queen and Anna has made it to her Ice Castle with Kristoff, Sven the Reindeer & Olaf the Snowman. Anna tries to talk Elsa into stopping the winter she’s caused in her silly, quirky way but gets hit with Elsa’s ice magic again but this time in the heart. She then snaps at Kristoff and Elsa and leaves the ice palace. Hey, this is a pretty interesting idea, Anna’s heart is getting cold, therefor her attitude gets colder, that’s a great idea! But on their way back to the trolls, Anna is still the happy gal she has been through the film. What a missed opportunity!
Following that, when Anna & Kristoff get to the Trolls to get the Shaman Troll Leader to see what’s wrong with Anna. Question! How come the Shaman Troll doesn’t recognize Anna? I can understand why Kristoff can’t recall the first time Anna got healed from the Shaman Troll, he was a kid. But the Shaman Troll should of known, his magically powers could of had a sort of déjà vu moment to tell him “Hey, haven’t you done some sort of magic on this person before?” because the whole beginning moment with the trolls is never brought up again after that. Kristoff doesn’t look at Anna when they first meet and think “You look familiar…” and neither do the Trolls. Like I said, Missed Opportunity!
Finally, the twist with Prince Hans. He met Anna before & at Elsa’s coronation party, had the whole “love at first sight” song and wanted to marry. Elsa said no because “logic”, Anna got angry, Elsa panicked revealing her powers and running away becoming the Snow Queen. Anna goes off to find her and leaves Hans in charge. Fast forward to Act 3, Anna returns to her hometown to find Hans, telling him what happened and that the only way to cure her is with “an act of true love” which with their fairy-tale logic is “true love’s first kiss”. Here’s the twist, Hans was actually planing to kill both Elsa and Anna due to being the youngest brother and wanted to rule a city. Granted, I didn’t expect it, but it’s kind of lazy story-writing. “We don’t have a villain in this film…” a writer for Frozen said, “… how can we fix this?!” “What if Hans becomes the villain?” another writer askes “That’ll do!” Writer 1 responds. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, but if instead of him having this planned from the start, why didn’t they have Hans come up with this plan after he was put in charge of the city? Like, have him be all “I saw how everyone looked up to me, saw me as a sign of safety and leadership, told me I was doing such a great job. I don’t want it to end, so I’m gonna kill you and your sister.” would be better then what was given. And before someone thinks the same thing I just did, girls aren’t the only ones who have those “Love at first sight moments” I’m pretty sure most guys will admit having such moments in their teen years.
Well, there’s my thoughts on Frozen. I’d love to hear your opinions and may even do a respond post to any good points made to my thoughts.