Frozen 2.0: Breaking Out Of The Box (Movie Review)

In December, I wrote that Frozen was one of the best movies I’d seen in 2013. I focused on the “act of true love” and what self-sacrificial love looked like. It was so easy to bubble over with enthusiasm about the “final movement” of the movie, amid the glow of Idina Menzel’s belting out “Let It Go” (now, Best Song at the Oscars circa 2014), the glorious animation, and Josh Gad one-lining it all the way to the funny farm. So, what would happen with a second take?

Obviously, one’s view of Prince Hans (Santino Fontana) changes, right? Somehow, “Love Is An Open Door” sounds a little bit different, as maybe “Love As An Open Window On The Fortieth Floor.” And somehow, slowed down and without worrying about how the plot worked out, Kristen Bell’s humor shines out like Veronica Mars showed up dressed up as a princess. But again, the story’s strengths shone through, with the multifaceted talking points for the audience, kid or adult!

-Denying Something Doesn’t Mean It’s Not True. The princesses’ parents want to act like Elsa (Menzel) doesn’t have the powers she does. Or, they think that hiding her will somehow cause her to be safer, better off, more prepared. Too often, we try to marginalize things and deny how important they are; whether the things we wish to deny are good or bad, full of opportunity or full of danger, they still exist and we need to deal, not avoid.

-Our Memory Matters. While the troll king’s magic causes Anna not to remember her childhood, except for the fun, she’s still subject to its pull, the force of her sub conscience. Similar to the previous point, that’s pretty dangerous, isn’t it? At the same time, it’s Anna’s memory that ultimately unlocks some of the pieces of the puzzle that resolve this and make it happily ever after.

-True Love Shines…But It Doesn’t Always Look Like A Prince. Whether we go looking for it desperately or not, love is not something that can be forced or named when it’s not really there. While Princess Anna has grown up sheltered, imprisoned, etc., what she wants so much isn’t necessarily what she finds. When we let ourselves get desperate for love or attention, we tend to go looking for it in all the wrong places or think we’ve found it in the arms or attention of someone who isn’t who we were intended to find. We buy into that “true love’s kiss” is the way to go, and we think that we’re either ‘in love’ or we’re not. Sometimes, love requires hard work and determination; sometimes, it’s fun and exciting. But when we expect it’s only going to be that fairy tale style, we miss the other parts of love and life we should enjoy, too.

And, one oldie but goodie for the road…

-You Can’t Judge A Book/Prince/Troll/Princess By Its Cover/Title/Lichen/Abilities. When the Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk) condemns Elsa as a monster early on, his labeling of her, and her unknown powers, cause an uproar and absolute ostracization. Some of that is Elsa’s decision and some for her own safety (it’s like the sharpening of pitchforks for The Beast) but it’s critical that we not do this to people in our lives who we don’t understand or assume things about. Seriously, this one seems so basic, but the world will keep on rolling toward infinity, and maybe, just maybe, we can catch up before then. Hopefully, sooner or later, we’ll start to explore all of creation as its meant to be, creative and individual and powerful in its own way, broken out of the box.

Whether for your first or millionth time, Frozen is worth the watch. No, I’ll take it a step further: you should buy this movie.

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About Jacob Sahms

I'm searching for hope in the midst of the storms, raising a family, pastoring a church, writing on faith and film, rooting for the Red Sox, and sleeping occasionally. Find me at ChristianCinema.com, Cinapse.co, and the brand new ScreenFish.net.
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