Frozen

Frozen

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Let’s pretend that your closet Disney obsession has stayed in the closet this long. You’ve spent the better part of adolescence waiting for a Disney movie so universally loved that your peers won’t judge you for just hopping on the bandwagon. Frozen is that movie.

Though definitely not the first Disney movie to show the power of familial love, Frozen is the first Disney movie to use the term ‘true love’ in the context of a family member (not incestuously), between Ana and her sister, Elsa.

Frozen is also unique in a different way. “Frozen was the first Disney movie to have two parents there that loved their kids so much,” said fan/senior Jennifer Berg, ”then turned on their daughter and showed cruelty so much.”

Frozen does show an unprecedented degree of parental abuse for a children’s movie, where both parents teach their magical daughter, Elsa, to hide her powers and to fear them. (“..Conceal, don’t feel,” whispers Stephanie Shin in the distance.)

The repressed mentality Elsa’s parents taught her eventually costs her a good relationship with Ana. In what is probably the most memorable scene of the movie, Elsa runs away from her city, Arendale, and sings ‘Let It Go’, showcasing her freedom and empowerment as she embraces her icy powers. This moment marks Elsa’s transformation in coming to terms with her beauty without the acceptance of anyone else. She doesn’t need a man, let alone a city to rule over, when she can can be the queen of a kingdom she made from her own powerful hands.

“I love the music,” said James Kim. “I like the multilingual version of Let It Go. And Olaf.” Olaf is a blunt, adorable, ‘happy snowman!’ who really just wants to experience the amazing feeling of getting his tan on by the beach.

Along with Olaf, the cast of Frozen doesn’t disappoint. With Idina Menzel taking the role of Elsa and Kristen Bell the role of Anna, they lead an amazing cast of Broadway stars from the past and present who add a new dimension to their already well-written characters.

While most Disney movies follow according to the same general plot line (princess, evil family, prince, happily ever after), Frozen is different and can’t be explained in 30 seconds. Of course, it still has the charming aspects that everyone loves in a classic Disney film, but it adds a twist of modernism. It’s a film that teaches audiences “you can’t marry someone you just met”. No more “someday my prince will come”.

Frozen shows us that first loves aren’t always true loves, being awkward and clumsy is not only okay but great, empowerment doesn’t have to come from anyone but yourself, and much more that can only be absorbed from watching the movie. It, dare I say, will melt your heart. So go see it, maybe even the sing-along version if you’re into that, you’ll be purchasing the soundtrack and eagerly waiting for the DVD release in no time.