Just in time for the holidays, the Disney juggernaut produced, Frozen, an animated movie that some are calling an instant classic.
A short plot summary goes like this: “Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.”
Many have already seen the movie, even more than once, yet I offer these thoughts to those who have yet to see it and those who already have.
Disney Princess cartoon are notorious for having problematic sub-themes. “The Little Mermaid,” for example, glorifies a scantily-clad rebellious daughter who wants “out of the house” and to be-bop around the real world with her boyfriend. In Frozen meanwhile, the princesses have respectful attitudes toward their parents and authority. Then princes, likewise, have an air of chivalry and propriety that is not often seen in Hollywood these days.
Most viewers will not read between the lines as much, and will simply enjoy the movie’s beautiful animation, catchy music, and rib-tickling humor, most of which comes from a talking snowman named “Olaf.” Be that as it may, parents of movie goers will be entertained as much as their children are, and pleased that the movie is relatively clean.
Within the plot, there is no foul language or overly scary scenes. If you are hyper-sensitive against men and women “falling in love” (though this does not happen in the usual Hollywood sense) and some kissing, this would not be the movie for you. Further, there are a couple references from the snowman that, if imitated by children, could make a bad habit.
For Christians, we take a beating at the box office these days, with movies that make fun of, deride, or just blaspheme our Faith. None of this occurs in Frozen. With its theme of “true love,” the movie appeals to what is best in the ordinary person. The movie also extolls the virtue of family and sisterly love (“Sisters before misters” as someone said). While one of the characters has magical powers (obviously a make-believe magic), that character must learn to use it responsibly and with concern for others. Lastly, the movie portrays a concern for the poor and suffering that is uncommon today.
Only time will tell if Frozen ends up being the classic that some project. One thing is for certain: the movie’s warm characters (pardon the pun), noble theme, humor and well-done music will have families wanting to watch it again and again.
Rating: 3.5 of 4 stars
Photo credit: Disney