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I don’t understand the extreme popularity of this movie. I don’t hate it but it’s not even one of my top-10 favorite Disney movies. Yet it’s, like, the most popular one of all time. I don’t get it. Parents spending hundreds of dollars to buy Frozen merch for their kids when it was hard to come by? Combing ebay like crazy people, willing to spend five times as much as they should because their kids are so spoiled that they have to have it right now? What is it that makes this movie so special? Because I don’t see it.
Why does one watch a ‘Disney Princess’ movie? In the end… for the love story. [If you’re me, that’s why you watch every movie.] Frozen has no love story. Ana’s relationship with Kristoff feels like an afterthought… and it feels a little forced. And no… the love between sisters doesn’t count. I don’t give a fuck about the ‘Elsa doesn’t need a man’ crap. I don’t need one either… but I sure as fuck want one! Frozen is missing a love story. Without one, I cannot understand the great love for this film.
Frozen desperately needed a better story than the one we got. Something was just… missing. Olaf is whiney and annoying. [Maybe I just really hate Josh Gad’s voice.] It’s too bad because Olaf does have a few good lines… he is funny. ‘Watch out for my butt!’ And Kristoff’s whole bit about men picking their noses… and eating it… ‘All men do it.’ That was funny, too. But yeah… I’m all set with this movie.
Let’s take a quick look at another Disney movie for purposes of comparison. Hm… which one? [Do you know me?] How about… Tangled? Rapunzel is not waiting for a prince to save her. Girl can take care of herself. Just give her a frying pan and get the hell out of her way. And Flynn/Eugene was no prince. He was the animated version of the perfect man. But he wasn’t a prince. He wasn’t going to save her. In fact, she saved him. This movie is just as much about him finding his way as it is about her finding hers.
And it has a love story. Two, actually — the obvious one between Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene… and the one between Rapunzel and her parents. Both are powerful. I was going to finish that sentence with, ‘for an animated princess movie.’ But they’re powerful for any kind of movie. Both make me cry every damn time. I have seen this movie well over a hundred times and I cannot make it to the end without tearing up.
Frozen? Eh. Other than a few moments of laughter, I was emotionless. I’d rather watch Tangled again. Or The Little Mermaid. Or Beauty and the Beast. Or Tangled again.