Listening to: background noise
Reading: whatever manga I bought
Watching: lots of anime
Eating: need lunch
All right, so my family bought the movie today, so we sat down and watched it.
Well... it was alright. Nothing truly spectacular, let alone ground-breaking.
Okay, for starters, Anna has a better personality than Elsa, so why isn't she as popular? She's more out-going, and rather quirky; makes sense, she hasn't been around people for years. She can't be normal around people. Yes, she is a bit like Rapunzel, but she's more out-there than Rapunzel. Elsa wasn't bad, either, but I couldn't really relate to her. Heck, I couldn't relate to this movie at all. I don't have sisters, for one thing, and I have a good relationship with my younger brothers. Kristoff was the down-to-earth guy, so he was pretty cool. Olaf I still don't care for, but I wasn't annoyed by him like I was in the trailers. Sven was the goofy animal buddy, nothing special. Hans was a villain I didn't care for. His motivation kinda made sense, but it was rather petty. You know? So he's got "youngest sibling" syndrome, oh well, I don't care, you have the personality of dirt even if Anna managed to click with you, somehow.
Even though it wasn't pop-like as it was in Tangled, the music was mediocre. The piece of music I liked was the choir you hear in the very beginning and after the climax, if only because I'm a sucker for choir, and it had an interesting melody. The songs were just as mediocre, some worse than others (the song the trolls sing wasn't good). The song about the ice in the beginning was cool, and "Let It Go" was okay. It was only good because the visuals that accompanied it was really, really pretty. The visuals was pretty good, but the best part of the visuals were the ice powers and the ice castle. By itself, it does have a power to it, but over-exposure takes it away. The fact that Disney spent the money to have people do covers of the song to music videos didn't help, I don't care that they were for the international crowd. No wonder it won an Oscar, because Disney rammed it down people's throats so we wouldn't forget about it.
The climax wasn't that strong for a Disney movie. The characters wander around a frozen lake in a snowstorm, right? And when it clears the moment Elsa collapses in sorrow and Anna sees that Hans is going to kill her, she has the strength to run over to stop him (power of love, I guess), and she freezes completely. His sword breaks, he falls back some ways, Elsa sobs on her frozen body, and she thaws out. And once she realizes that it's love that'll thaw the snow, she takes it all away, and then Anna punches Hans out of the boat they're in. Like really?
You know... this movie could've been shorter. Had Anna spent more time with Elsa in her awesome castle, she would've realized that her sister still loves her (and loved her enough to go out into the snow and trek a long-ways to get to her), and she could've stopped the winter. But nope, Anna and Kristoff had to spend more time together even though Anna shouldn't have to have a man to help her, and then Hans has to reveal his "evil" plans and break Anna's gullible heart, and have her realize that Kristoff cared more for her, and they'll end up together in the end anyway. Oh, and there had to be some kind of feminist approach about how women are strong enough to save themselves. Which is all fine and good if it didn't feel as forced as it was in Frozen. The lampshading of Anna getting engaged to a man she just met was really the only nice touch I liked about that.
You know what Disney movie did the power of "women don't need men to be strong" better? Mulan. She didn't have a prince or strong man save her. No, Mulan worked alongside men and developed her own strength (in a time and place where women are expected to bear sons and be good [submissive?] wives to their husbands), while still keeping in touch with her feminine side without losing that knowledge, all at the risk of losing the honor to her family's name. At least in Frozen, whatever the time-period was, Elsa didn't seem to have been expected to marry and share her monarchy with her husband, so no one questioned why it was a prince made the move on the youngest sister and not the eldest.
Also, about the sister relationship? I didn't mind that Disney had a movie focusing on two sisters, we need more movies like that. But I felt more connection with Lilo and Nani in Lilo and Stitch than I did with Elsa and Anna. That was probably because Nani took the time to try and form a good relationship with Lilo while also being the surrogate parent. Elsa and Anna were close as kids, okay, just like most siblings. But then they parted once Elsa accidentally hurt her sister, and they didn't spend enough time together throughout the entire movie, even during the post-coronation party. Good for Anna that she still loved her sister even though they weren't as close as they used to be, but I would've appreciated it more had they done stuff together besides just talk. Why not have them take a walk around the castle reminiscing about stuff, or talking about whatever? Why not show more of their personalities alongside each other? Come on, sisterly bonding should've been the key to all this. Despicable Me focused on the relationship between sisters more than Frozen did.
Oh yeah, though this is a personal nitpick of mine, it's about Elsa and her powers. It's said that she was born with it, but that was it. Um... if her parents knew about this from the beginning, why didn't they teach her from a young age to be more responsible with her powers? She wouldn't have had to hide her powers and get Anna's memory erased if they had been smart about it from the beginning.
So yeah, mediocre film with pretty visuals. This'll probably be the only time I'll watch the film, in all honesty, because I didn't really care for it. I tried to look at it as its own film while not comparing it to previous Disney movies (especially Wreck-It Ralph), and I still came out not caring for it. Didn't really help that Tumblr has pretty much ruined the movie for me in some aspects.
"Get A Horse" was interesting, though, but I think it worked better in the movie theater than it did on a television. Bit of a shame, since I liked the short.