I think I was probably the last person in America to watch the Disney movie Frozen. I was watching the Academy Awards on Sunday and, after a painful introduction from John Travolta, I was blown away by Idina Menzel singing “Let It Go.” So… Tuesday evening I settled down to watch Frozen. Appropriately, while snow fell on the Virginia Beach area of Virginia – an area of the country not used to this “frozen” weather.
If you haven’t seen the movie (spoiler alert!), it’s about the relationship between two sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna has a magical power over ice and, after an incident that scares the townspeople during her coronation, Elsa flees. Anna sets off on a journey to find her sister and bring her home, encountering obstacles along the way.
I loved this movie for so many reasons. (Let’s just set aside the fact that Anna and Elsa’s parents die during the first 15 minutes. I mean, it’s a Disney movie, so I guess that’s required.) Anna and Elsa are both amazing heroines, and neither of them has to be rescued by Prince Charming. Eventually, after 90 minutes of G rated drama, the girls discover the power of love. But what really stood out for me was the song Elsa sings, “Let It Go.”
The song is literally about Elsa letting herself use her powers, but it’s also about isolation and (more…)