Four Reasons to Like “Frozen”

A couple of weeks ago I took the young Holloways to see Frozen, the new Disney family picture.  On second thought maybe I should say that they took me.  They had already seen it and wanted to see it again with me there.  On third thought, maybe I should say I took them.  After all, I paid for it.

At any rate, the film is enjoyable, and I would recommend it for the four following reasons:

First, it depicts people living under a monarchy and liking it.  The royal family appear to be decent and conscientious people.  When the young princess is about to come of age and be crowned queen, the common people are joyful about it, not at all resenting her status.  Why is a positive depiction of monarchy a recommendation?  For one thing, this is how monarchy is often portrayed in fairy tales, Frozen is a fairy tale, and I, at least, like fidelity to the spirit of the original sources.  More important perhaps, a positive portrayal of monarchy might do something to correct our own prejudices as Americans.  Of course it would be mistaken to romanticize monarchy, since royalty are human beings and subject to sin like anybody else.  Hence history has plenty of evidence of monarchs (and their kin) behaving badly.  Still, democracy is rule by masses of people who are also human beings and subject to sin, so that it is no picnic, either.  The shorter history of democracy has plenty of examples of majorities (and their servants, politicians) behaving badly.  Democracy is often a fine form of government, but since it is ours we tend to romanticize it.  So a film that even hints at praise for an alternative form is at least a stimulant to a more critical and thoughtful attachment to our own.

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Second, it has men characters who are not futile and silly.  As a result of the impact of feminism on popular entertainment, many film-makers go out of their way to create strong female characters, especially in kids’s or family movies.  So far, so good.  Sometimes, however, the thing is taken too far, and it seems that they feel the need to create male characters who are helpless and stupid.  Not wanting to show women needing to be saved by men, they go all the way to the other side and show (incompetent) men needing to be saved by women.  That does not happen here.

Third, and most important, it has a teaching about love, and the redemptive power of love, that is unusual for Hollywood and much in need of being heard.  The film leads you to expect that the love in question will be romantic love, but it turns out to be something else, something more substantial.  I would like to say more, but I won’t for the sake of those who have not seen the film.  One of the characters even says that love is putting the needs of other people before one’s own.  This is love as a decision, not a feeling.  When popular entertainment bothers to say something like this, I take notice and approve.

Finally, and least important, but still worth mentioning, the movie has good music.  Not great music, mind you, but decent music–better than most of what defiles the airwaves.

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8 thoughts on “Four Reasons to Like “Frozen”

  1. Joe L. says:

    I liked the film also, but true to Disney form the parents are expendable after setting up an environment of “dysfuntionality” of lack of personal acceptance. BTW who ruled the kingdom for the period before the coronation ?

  2. Fr. Joel Lasutaz, SSS says:

    I absolutely love the movie. There are in fact several traces along the story of the love of Anna for her sister Elsa. In the end, it was not Anna’s heart which was unfrozen but Elsa’s whose heart has been cold and frozen in fear for many years (fearful of destroying her sister again). Anna’s self-sacrificing love even in the midst of rejection that warms the heart of Elsa. This kind of true love truly works wonders in our lives.

    This is indeed a timely movie. It touches everyones’ heart to be more loving. Thanks be to God, for this love warms our hearts here in the Philippines, frozen not by snow but by fear and despair. Thank you to everyone in the world who helped the Typhoon Yolanda survivors. Your prayers and donations speak of your love for us.

    Yes, True Love can truly transform the World and its leaders. This true love is found only in Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

  3. Kate says:

    All good points. I just wish the heroines had been a little less … let’s use the word “sexy.” Next time, it would be nice if the women looked strong, beautiful, smart, not ready for a street corner or reality TV shows.

  4. Clare says:

    In other words it is REALLY a fairy tale! LOL

  5. the tain says:

    Monarchy is good?

    Right now we have a demon parading as a president (obama), and that pile of garbage is stripping our rights away.

    Having one person in power is not a good thing.

  6. Cathy Cabotage says:

    Our form of government is not a democracy..it is a republic. There is a difference. States are supposed to be self-governing NOT controlled by federal government or the majority/masses but the power hungry have been trying to change this and our president thinks he is monarch as evidenced by his “bypssing” Congress and trying to control every aspect of our lives.

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