Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Frozen

(There are slight spoilers in this although as if you haven’t seen it already, what is wrong with you? :S)

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Yup. Another profound write up of the masterpiece that is Frozen.

Now, I’m just gonna cut the BS and jump straight in here – this film is good. It’s better than good, and there are reasons for it. Believe me, it’s no accident that it’s such a phenomenon, really. It’s clever, funny, romantic, gorgeous to look at…come on, we all know this. The majority of people have seen it. I reckon that figure stands at about 84% of the film-goer population (omg don’t even call me up on that) because it’s Disney. We all know and love (at least one) Disney films. For most of us, they symbolise our childhood and a lot of us look back on them fondly from when we were small children. That’s what the children of today will be doing in ten, twenty, thirty years’ time. But why? Is it because it’s about two beautiful princesses and their magical/snow-filled antics? Or is it about the twist with Hans? Or is it the adorable snowman, Olaf? I think all of these things definitely contribute to why Frozen is as insanely popular as it is, but I think the fact that it is so different and challenging is why kids and adults, and me, love it.

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Prince Uncharming

Oh really? Well, knock me down I haven’t heard that before (sarcastically).

I know, right? But it’s so true that it hurts. The most obvious challenge that Frozen gives us is clearly when Elsa says that Anna cannot marry Hans because she’s just met him (which I totally agree with, you go girl) and she stands up for girl power and all that jazz – ‘I don’t need no man’. It’s interesting because an awful lot of Disney princesses do in fact marry a man that they have just met or barely know and this tells it how it is. In this day and age, you probably shouldn’t marry a man you just met because look how many long term relationships end in divorce anyway…she says, cynically. And whilst I have no problem with Snow White darting off with Charming, or Aurora marrying t’old Philip there (I know he risked his life for her and everything but w.e), Frozen is a breath of fresh air. I mean, all we get at the end from Anna and Kristoff is a little kiss and no sign of any sort of marriage preparations. (We all know they’ll get married one day obviously, but the point is they don’t say it explicitly).

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Love at first song

There again, Frozen is still about love which is a key factor in most…no all(?) Disney films. Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Pocahontas, the list goes on. And on. And on. Even Maleficent is about love, but let’s not talk about that…not a huge fan tbh. Frozen isn’t just about any love, though. Sisterly love, which I can relate to quite strongly and I think that is immensely important. Family is always a constant figure in Disney films, even if someone isn’t with their biological family, they still adopt people into their lives that they rely on and love. Anyhow! Frozen sends the message that maybe family love is stronger than romantic love and is the truest of them all. I mean, look. Even Kristoff doesn’t save Anna or get there in time really. I adore that this kind of true love trumps over romance, even though I am a fan of romance especially when Disney is concerned, because you just don’t see it that strong in other films. Yeah, sure you get films about sisterly love, one that comes to mind is The Parent Trap but Anna literally allows herself to freeze to save Elsa and love is then what consequently thaws everything out. Maybe if her parents had loved her in the first place we wouldn’t even be in this situation but I’m not saying anything……..

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‘Sister act’, get it? No? Nvm.

Now, I know there are other amazing films out there that represent family values and love and girl power – there are some Disney ones which I’m positive you’re thinking about. Brave, for example, concentrates on a mother-daughter relationship and it is their love that saves the day…and a tapestry. Tangled is all about Rapunzel’s fight against her ‘mother’ for freedom and to live her life. Even though she’s been imprisoned in a tower for eighteen years, she’s still got as much gumption as Flynn Rider, the fugitive. And it’s refreshing to see. Even so, the old Disney princess movies haven’t necessarily been about damsels in distress, shocker. Belle was pretty badass in Beauty and the Beast and then there was Mulan. Now, she’s a whole different kind of topic but she certainly doesn’t need a man to get what she wants. She basically is a man and a woman, so she’s just the boss. But, there are exceptions. Snow White doesn’t really do much and I’m pretty sure Aurora just sleeps for half the movie but I’m still entranced by them, as many other girls and boys are. They’re beautiful – which isn’t a bad thing; people are allowed to be pretty – and they’re elegant. Bonus points as well if they get a man at the end of it all because as much as I would be an independent lady, I still love having the bf around for support and hugs and romantic niceties.

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Sleeping Lazy, looking as elegant as ever
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Merida being adorable as per

But that’s the thing. Elsa and Anna are gorgeous. Even if Anna maybe isn’t as elegant as our Aurora, she’s still beautiful and wears nice clothes and has nice hair. There isn’t really a princess out there that is seen as glamorous and pretty. I suppose you could argue that Merida from Brave isn’t necessarily made out to be gorgeous because of her tomboyish attitude and her unruly hair and refusal to marry some random suitor at her mother’s request. Yet, here we have Elsa and Anna under similar but opposite circumstances where the character arguing against marriage is sexy, sassy and glamorousand the one for marriage is supposedly clumsy and scatter-brained (yet still pretty). It’s also worthy to say that we never see Anna in a dress made of ice that has a slit up the thigh… But even though Elsa is sexy and sassy, she is still empowered, independent and not in need of a man. Merida is practically a child with crazy hair and long, dark coloured dresses whilst sporting a bow and arrow. Disney is full of contrasts, it has to be said. Which is great, you know of course.

Frozen is great, whether you like the film or not, it is great. It’s clever, there are no two ways about it and it’s really well made. The song, ‘Let it Go’ hit number one almost everywhere I’m pretty sure and everyone is singing it whether they know it or not. What’s important about this film is that it has affected everyone in some way or another and has inspired people to love Disney all over again (although my favourite is Tangled, but that’s a whole other story). There is so much more I could say about this film, I’m pretty prepared to write a 10,000 word dissertation on it and I think I might if I don’t stop.

Frozen is going to be a legend in the years to come and it will stand the test of time forever because of its values, its technology and Olaf.

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Elsa and her powers
Life Experience

Unhappy Bunny

It’s not been the best of days so far, I won’t lie. I’m cold, tired and done. As part of my job I go with a student to another school and we rely on taxis for the journeys there and back and for the last couple of days they’ve all been late. Today I found myself standing in the sleet and the wind waiting, late for our film club back at the original school. I’m late to that and I’m starving because situations made it impossible to have lunch. My nail polish has chipped and I still haven’t got warm despite the radiators being in full blast in this classroom. Cold to the bones. And this all before I look forward to an hour’s drive and subsequent half hour walk home. But do you know what’s okay? My food shopping arrived today and we have more than double the amount of kids at Film club tonight. Even though some of them are laughing at their phones rather than watching Home Alone

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World

Hot and Freezing

We’ve all seen Frozen right? Right. You have Anna, struck by Elsa’s magical powers in the heart and powering on to reach the one she loves despite freezing from the inside out. This is a pretty accurate resemblance to what I experienced this morning in my way to work. Biting cold wind froze me completely so much so that I started to struggle to walk and my feet felt like literal pieces of ice, just as Anna’s start to towards the end of the film. They’re cracking inside her boots and she’s struggling to walk and let me just tell you it’s not bloody far off from what I was feeling this morning.

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But then (another one of these yep, they’re gonna be frequent) I saw the sunrise, so purple and orange and yellow and pink all at the same time and I sort of got warm inside. Sort of, I was still almost stopped from how cold it was but there was a flame of warmth in me. And it was so beautiful I had to stop and take a couple of pictures in front of all the confused cyclist making their way to work and such. I love sunrises and sunsets and you will hear more about my experiences with them because they literally brighten my day…hur hur.

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Education, World

Sunday Blues

Sunday is not my favourite day. Sure, it’s a great day to stay in bed until 11am – rebel – and to keep sad_elsa_by_televue-d7n3th1the PJs on all day but it’s also the time when I start mentally preparing myself for the week ahead. For a lot of teachers, Sunday is the day to complete the car boot-full of marking that they had lugged home so within education, it’s not particularly a day of rest at all.

Yesterday, my day consisted of going into town to buy Millie’s cookies and then sitting in the living room watching Frozen together. What a fab film. Don’t you think? And that was it. In the evening I got the train home to save myself an hour in bed Monday morning – see?? Planning ahead! That’s all Sunday is for, it’s a useless time of the week. Makes me kinda miserable as well because I know the weekend is over and it’s back to the grind in less than 24 hours…It’s such a pessimistic view to have, I’m so sorry, I’ll just like leave now…Probz go watch Frozen again tonight.