Friday, February 21, 2014

Criticism on Frozen

I've seen Frozen twice. I was sure that someone would voice the biggest plot problem I saw, but no one has.

First, I totally agree with the, "Who was running the country in the years between the death of their parents and Elsa's coronation?" question. And whoever that was, would that person have been a better "bad guy" than the Duke of Weselton? More motive, for sure. And the Duke is pretty much your clutzy bad guy. Didn't really add anything to the plot at all, could have taken him out easily.

Also, I had a problem with the lack of Elsa's story. She goes from hiding from everyone to accepting herself. It's quite the dramatic change and almost all of it happens off-stage. I wish that had given that story line a little more time. It's hard to make a step like that! Why didn't we get to see how she worked it out for herself?

I also took issue with the way Anna was saved in the end. She saved herself, yes, that's fine I guess, but I think I would have liked it if Elsa had been the one to do the saving. It would fit the plot better: she had a great transformation and now is going to fix those relationships that were hurt! She's the one who (accidentally) harmed Anna, so it seems like she should be the one to commit the act of true love.

But really my issue is Hans. I know the point of Hans is that he is something of a double-timer. But you get no warning for that. And I know that's the point for Anna's sake- she's not supposed to know he's going to betray her, but the audience is allowed to know a little something. It wouldn't even be a lot- just like a minor chord while the camera pans over to him, or a shadowy look, or something. The way the movie stands, you have him being really really accommodating and understanding and all about helping Anna out and keeping things together, then BAM: helpful, fun song guy turns on us and he's willing to let Anna die and kill Elsa. Whoa, whiplash! Where did that come from? Where was the character development for that? You have to give us a little warning, Disney, otherwise it doesn't make sense and doesn't fit.

That's really my biggest beef. Hans. Seriously. A guy willing to commit murder for power has to have a few red flags, right?

Also, I'm totally shipping Elsa and Kristoff. They have common interests, views on life, etc. It makes sense.

So that's that. I wasn't a fan of Olaf and I actually didn't find the songs that particularly catchy the first time I saw the movie. I couldn't have sung any of them for you, at least. But after a few viewings they catch on. Maybe it's because we don't watch commercials anymore; I just wasn't exposed to them prior to the movie.

But it's cute.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Songs stuck in my head

With the popularity of Frozen and the Lego Movie, "Let It Go" and "Everything is Awesome" have been sung around here lately.

My brain keeps playing around with them.

Let it stay, let it stay,
I can do this a little while longer.
Let it stay, let it stay,
Face it and let the door stay open a crack...

No, they don't rhyme, but for some reason it's a fun amusement for me.

Everything is ok.
Everything is alright
when you work things out on your own...

A little view into what my brain is doing when I'm getting other things done.