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Thoughts on the Movie "Frozen"?

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Disney's "Frozen". I know this is not really personal finance topic. But I believe writing down a few thoughts on Frozen is worth the while. Hope it makes you think and you enjoy! Some thoughts on Frozen:

Some would call it a “kids movie.” I would say that it is one of the best movies of all time made by Disney. There are quite a few themes in this movie that are pertinent to kids from all ages from 3 to 103.

*Everyone is a Fixer-Upper

One theme that strikes me is the idea that everyone is a fixer-upper. We are all a work in progress. Sound familiar or relate to any passage in the Bible? (Phil 1:6) Ironically, the main threat to the heroine’s life comes not just from the “bad guy” but from someone she loves. In fact the true villain isn’t a villain at all but a heroine!



*Feelings

Another theme that is found throughout the movie is that love is not about feelings. The princess who finds her “perfect” match in her prince charming is not allowed to marry after 24 hours of knowing said prince charming. Surprising? Refreshing? More realistic? I think so.



*Family and friend dynamics

A person grows up and doesn’t want to play with us anymore. Or a person faces deep pain and fear so they withdraw from the relationship with another person. Or parents entrap a child in what they feel will be safe but in fact becomes stifling, hurtful, harmful, and counter-productive. Sound familiar?



*Social Rules & Individual Freedom

Yet another theme is the tension between social rules and individual freedom… “Frozen” is what the movie “Brave” was trying to be. The movie shows what happens to individuals who try to flee society to escape its rules. They fall apart, their lives become meaningless, perhaps even apathetic, and they hurt those they love. The cold enters the Elsa’s heart even though she doesn’t realize it. The story shows we do need each other. People need people.



*Rebellion and Rule-Keeping

Then there’s the whole idea or theme of rebellion and rule-keeping. A popular idea in our culture is that there are only two ways to live:
A. through authenticity, expressed in rebellion against cultural constraints or B. through an ordered life, expressed in rule-keeping.

As Christians we know that we cannot rebel our way into eternal life with God. We also know on the flip side that following rules doesn’t gain us eternal life either.



*The Song: “Let it go”

Ironically, the rest of the story goes directly against the theme of the song “let it go.” When the princess decides to “let it go,” she brings a terrible evil into the world. The consequences from her actions are horrible – a permanent winter for her people as everything is frozen. “No right, no wrong, no rules for me” is the sin that isolates the princess and freezes her kingdom. Which brings up the final theme I’d like to talk about…



*Focus: Self-Sacrifice not self-discovery or self-restraint

Christianity teaches explicitly what Frozen only hints at: salvation comes not through self-discovery or self-restraint, but through self-sacrifice. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ… Don’t want to give too much of the movie away but the “hero” in the story turns out to be something that Disney hasn’t quite ever told the story about before… The end may in fact surprise you! 

If you haven’t watched this movie I highly recommend it! And you still have a few days left as it is still in theaters. If not rent or buy the DVD. It came out this week and is available on Bluray half off at Target for $19.99 or Amazon for $19.95! Or you can get the Dvd at Wal-Mart for $14.95. We ordered ours last night!

Source: http://eaglesoaringh...ch-and-own.html

 

What do you think of this movie? Have you seen it? Do you like it? Do you plan on owning it?

 

God bless,

GE



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We saw it in theaters.....twice! I thought it was one of the best Disney movies ever made as well in terms of message and storyline. I don't usually buy movies, as one has to be really, really, good for me to want to watch it twice, but this one may actually be this good......and it's an animated kids' movie!



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My wife watched it on a plane on our last trip. She loved it!

 

I watched the Hobbit sequel..... Does not follow the book too well, but it was OK.



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Blessings Golden Eagle

     Thanks for your critique on the movie "Frozen"......your 4 star response has enticed me to go see this Disney flick & I did not even consider it after watching the coming attractions...............I will put this on my"go see" list & let you know how I enjoyed it......from your description I would imagine that will be"thoroughly"!

  Praise the Lord,it sounds lovely!

                                                                                                                                                              With love-in Christ,Kwik



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One note they missed -

 

At the beginning, the Elsa was told that fear is the enemy.

 

Sadly, she and her parents looked for her solution though a method that only strengthened fear in her.

 

But at the end of the movie, we see that "perfect love casts our fear."



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We saw it in theaters.....twice! I thought it was one of the best Disney movies ever made as well in terms of message and storyline. I don't usually buy movies, as one has to be really, really, good for me to want to watch it twice, but this one may actually be this good......and it's an animated kids' movie!

I agree it is fantastic! :-)



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My wife watched it on a plane on our last trip. She loved it!

 

I watched the Hobbit sequel..... Does not follow the book too well, but it was OK.

 

You should watch it with her Fez. It was pretty good brother. :thumbsup:



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Blessings Golden Eagle

     Thanks for your critique on the movie "Frozen"......your 4 star response has enticed me to go see this Disney flick & I did not even consider it after watching the coming attractions...............I will put this on my"go see" list & let you know how I enjoyed it......from your description I would imagine that will be"thoroughly"!

  Praise the Lord,it sounds lovely!

                                                                                                                                                              With love-in Christ,Kwik

 

It should be available at Redbox soon. Or if you still have one a local Dvd rental store. Or you can watch it online on Amazon. You totally will enjoy it methinks sister... :thumbsup:



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One note they missed -

 

At the beginning, the Elsa was told that fear is the enemy.

 

Sadly, she and her parents looked for her solution though a method that only strengthened fear in her.

 

But at the end of the movie, we see that "perfect love casts our fear."

 

Very true Neb. Her parents tried to do what they could to make Elsa "normal" and in the process shut her off from her family as well as the rest of the world.

"Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love." 1 John 4:18



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Blessings Golden Eagle...

     You can watch movies on Amazon?.......I am clueless-lol     How do you do that ,my Brother? Me thinks I like that idea!!!!

                                                                                                                                               With love,in Christ,Kwik



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Blessings Golden Eagle...

     You can watch movies on Amazon?.......I am clueless-lol     How do you do that ,my Brother? Me thinks I like that idea!!!!

                                                                                                                                               With love,in Christ,Kwik

 

You can often rent movies on Amazon Instant Videos for anywhere from $1.99 to $9.99... All on your computer. You can also buy movies online through Amazon and watch it on your computer.

Click this link for Frozen. It's $4.99 to rent it in standard definition as it just came out. HD version is $5.99.



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Blessings Golden Eagle.....

      Thank you so much,how very thoughtful & considerate .......I really do appreciate your taking the time to provide me with the link.......this is a perfect little thing for tonight! Can't wait to see it!!!     I love movies!

                                                                                                                                    With love -in Christ,Kwik



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Well, I'll be the wet blanket, as usual.  I had to sit through it twice at the theatre for the sake of my young autistic son, who I think has a crush on the Ice Queen.   Or he really likes her Ice Palace; not sure which it is.   I thought it was a pretty shoddy piece of work; poorly written with no sense of direction, and the characters were not well conceived; it could have used another round of content editing to keep the characters in check.  Visually it was stunning.  I thought the music was just terrible.  It's amusing that people from the gay community to the Christian community have all found messages in this movie to support their disparate views. 

 

I'm a little surprised that nobody seems to have pointed out that the movie pushes the idea of "doing what you feel" or "being what you feel"  as valid ways to live.  Of course they are not.  To its credit, though, the movie does show the consequences that kind of attitude.  I'm just not sure kids get it, especially since the big song of the movie promotes that kind of life and uses Martin Luther's famous "here I stand" declaration as its refrain.  The meaning of the movie is not reflected in it's theme song, in other words.

 

Look, I know this movie has its rabid fans and defenders, and my views are subjective, but I  must add, they are also based on my occupation.  I just think Frozen highlights how far Disney has fallen from the days of The Jungle Book and even the glorious Lion King, both movies with awesome music scores and extremely literate (and sometimes complex) screenplays.



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Well, I'll be the wet blanket, as usual.  I had to sit through it twice at the theatre for the sake of my young autistic son, who I think has a crush on the Ice Queen.   Or he really likes her Ice Palace; not sure which it is.   I thought it was a pretty shoddy piece of work; poorly written with no sense of direction, and the characters were not well conceived; it could have used another round of content editing to keep the characters in check.  Visually it was stunning.  I thought the music was just terrible.  It's amusing that people from the gay community to the Christian community have all found messages in this movie to support their disparate views. 

I guess people will always look at whatever is in front of them through the lens of their worldview. Don't you think sister? :noidea:

 



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I'm a little surprised that nobody seems to have pointed out that the movie pushes the idea of "doing what you feel" or "being what you feel"  as valid ways to live.  Of course they are not.  To its credit, though, the movie does show the consequences that kind of attitude.  I'm just not sure kids get it, especially since the big song of the movie promotes that kind of life and uses Martin Luther's famous "here I stand" declaration as its refrain.  The meaning of the movie is not reflected in it's theme song, in other words.

When Elsa does what she feels she does indeed bring destruction on her whole kingdom. I believe that was addressed in the OP:
 

*The Song: “Let it go”

Ironically, the rest of the story goes directly against the theme of the song “let it go.” When the princess decides to “let it go,” she brings a terrible evil into the world. The consequences from her actions are horrible – a permanent winter for her people as everything is frozen. “No right, no wrong, no rules for me” is the sin that isolates the princess and freezes her kingdom. Which brings up the final theme I’d like to talk about…



 

I do agree with you the "Let it Go" is a poor theme song for the movie. It is catchy as evidenced by it's popularity.



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Look, I know this movie has its rabid fans and defenders, and my views are subjective, but I  must add, they are also based on my occupation.  I just think Frozen highlights how far Disney has fallen from the days of The Jungle Book and even the glorious Lion King, both movies with awesome music scores and extremely literate (and sometimes complex) screenplays.

I hear you sister. I'm not a big fan of either Jungle Book or Lion King. I personally prefer Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, The Lady and the Tramp, Bambi, The Fox and the Hound, etc.

What Disney did do with Frozen is introduce the idea a story can have two princess's. Also falling in love and getting married quick isn't always the best idea. Finally, the idea that "love is the answer" and comes not from some fairy tale prince charming but from those you love is also a pretty good lesson.

 

My 2 cents ;)



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Yeah, all good points you make.  I didn't read the article; you asked for thoughts, and I gave them.  I remember the first time I saw it,  about half-way through I was really perplexed with the movie's odd-ball structure; it's pacing really distracting to me.  I figured for sure it would be a bomb.  Well, I was wrong again. 

 

I forgot to mention the all-time best Disney 'toon:  The Little Mermaid.  Classic.  Made me want to have red hair so bad.



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Well, I'll be the wet blanket, as usual.  I had to sit through it twice at the theatre for the sake of my young autistic son, who I think has a crush on the Ice Queen.   Or he really likes her Ice Palace; not sure which it is.   I thought it was a pretty shoddy piece of work; poorly written with no sense of direction, and the characters were not well conceived; it could have used another round of content editing to keep the characters in check.  Visually it was stunning.  I thought the music was just terrible.


I actually can apprieciate your thoughts/feelings on this. Quality wise, I wouldn't give this movie the highest of ratings, although I wouldn't rank it quite as low as I believe you have.

 

It's amusing that people from the gay community to the Christian community have all found messages in this movie to support their disparate views.


Well, the best movies are those with which a wide variety of people can relate. The Matrix was like that.

Although I don't know what the gay community is finding - aside from one quick scene missed by most people (I am only aware of it because I read an article which pointed it out specifically).

 

I'm a little surprised that nobody seems to have pointed out that the movie pushes the idea of "doing what you feel" or "being what you feel"  as valid ways to live.  Of course they are not.  To its credit, though, the movie does show the consequences that kind of attitude.  I'm just not sure kids get it, especially since the big song of the movie promotes that kind of life and uses Martin Luther's famous "here I stand" declaration as its refrain.  The meaning of the movie is not reflected in it's theme song, in other words.


If it wasn't for that one song becoming so popular, I wouldn't consider the movie pushing that theme. But I can appreciate how less analytical viewers would walk away with that song rather than Elsa's realization that she wasn't really free.

As for why no one is pointing it out, I personally am trying to ignore that aspect and rather point out the better aspect of the concluding points.

That said, I can appreciate why this would bother you.

 

Look, I know this movie has its rabid fans and defenders, and my views are subjective, but I  must add, they are also based on my occupation.  I just think Frozen highlights how far Disney has fallen from the days of The Jungle Book and even the glorious Lion King, both movies with awesome music scores and extremely literate (and sometimes complex) screenplays.


Funny, I had serious problems with The Lion King as a kids movie. But I agree The Jungle Book was great - Balou is one of my favorite characters! ("Look for the 'bear' necessities...."]

None the less, Disney have indeed gone past their golden days.

But like Golden Eagle, I was impressed with the positives presented in the movie.

However, I can accept where you are coming from.



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Blessings Golden Eagle.....
     Oh gee,I can't thank you enough for your OP & the link,boy did I enjoy it.......I grew up a Disney kid,Annette Funicello was my favorite,,Sleeping Beauty ,Cindarella,Lady & the Tramp & I enjoyed this as much as I did those back then.....Oh ,& Tangled     Whenever I watch Disney I guess I become 5 years old again,not looking for negative ,not looking for positive,,,,,just not looking for anything except enjoyment.......
      My Daughter in law rants about "Walt Disney was this & that","subliminal messages","gay connotations"........I say,"you will find whatever it is you are looking for......"
Mark 10:13-16
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have
him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When
Jesus saw
this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the
little children come
to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of
God belongs to
such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will
not receive the
kingdom of God like a little child will never enter
it.” And he took the
children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed
them                                                                                                   With love-in Christ,Kwik


 



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The Little Mermaid.

I've always found this to be one of the worst in terms of message. Ariel's constantly disobeying her father, "falls in love" with Eric after seeing him for all of thirty seconds, is willing to give up her entire life to go and chase after a man she's never even spoken to, goes to a witch for help, and of course gets rewarded for all of this at the end.






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