I’m probably one of the last people in my circle of friends to’ve seen Frozen. That’s cool, I’m used to it. For the last 10 years, the only movies I’ve seen in the theatre have had Harry Potter or The Hobbit in the title, or were Quentin Tarantino films. I’m fine with that, really.
So, Saturday Frozen came out on DVD and my dad got it for the kids. My 8y/o got it set up upstairs and we had a snack/movie time combo wherein we watched and ate popcorn on the couch instead of our usual snacktime at the table. The 3y/o was incredibly good for the majority of the movie, shoving popcorn into my mouth because she was sure I was hungry. It was a lovely late morning/early afternoon.
Over the last several years, it’s become a bit of a custom in our house for me to have the imdb app open on my phone when we watch something for the first time (I know, it is for many of you, too) so that I can read them the trivia or answer who voices certain characters.
I also read the reviews, which is a bad idea as frequently they’re of little use and are essentially longwinded YouTube comments, y’know?
Anyway, this time I read a handful of reviews and ended up ragequitting the app. Let me tell you why.
(If you’re also tardy to the Frozen party, there will be some spoilery talk from this point on.)
First of all, I read this review:
Once again we have sit through another politically correct, contrived work that Hollywood and it’s biased writers produce these days as comedy and amusement. Once again we have the females at the fore, that in itself I do not have a problem with.
What does stand out in this entire piece of sexist, male-bashing indoctrinating piece of work is the endless, unrelenting “Male-Bashing”. This has got to be the worst so far. If this attitude increases any further, why do they bother writing in any male characters at all because all they do is hold them up to ridicule, abuse (The princess smacks a male just for fun).
Just about every action undertaken by any male in the obnoxious animation is loaded, no, flooded with endless bumbling and incompetent behavior that could only ever be generated by a staff of writers who have determined and specifically designed that entire movie to display and promote it.
Surely we should see the END of this unrelenting and viscous male-bashing that Hollywood has now enshrined into every movie those biased bigots now generate. Surely seeing your Father or Brother of Grandfather being continuously made to look a complete fool is way beyond a joke. It’s viscous, biased, sexist and downright unforgivable. Please vote accordingly. I gave this movie a ONE for that reason. It is sickening.
Now, this makes me angry for several reasons. I have sons (three of them) and two of them watched Frozen with me. One (the 8y/o) thought it was effing amazing. He was singing along to Let It Go during the closing credits and asked if we could watch the full length versions of the songs on the videos that were in the Special Features. He is typically a very boy’s boy sort. He loves playing racing games and Halo with his older brother. He’s usually asking for NERF guns for his birthdays now, and all of this is fine.
The 7y/o, on the other hand, thought quite a bit of it was scary. He enjoyed the songs, but was worried when he thought Elsa was turning into the villain. This is not a startling thought for him to have, as Disney movies frequently portray a woman as the villain of the piece. He is also into NERF guns and superheroes (my kingdom for the chance to never have to sit through a Toby Maguire Spider-Man movie ever again), but is equally into Lalaloopsy and having tea parties with his little sister.
My point in mentioning these things is to let you know that at no point did my male children feel like this movie was “bashing” them by virtue of having been born with a penis.
IN FACT, the scene the “reviewer” above is mentioning was this one:
And ALL THREE of my kids that were watching the movie cheered along with me. My 3y/o daughter said “HE GOT A KNUCKLE SANDWICH!” and the 7y/o replied “He sure did. He deserved it!”
Because he did. Hans so totally deserved that knuckle sandwich, and I’m glad that even though we don’t advocate violence in our house, they realize that HE was the actual villain of the story (and it was a delightful instance of throwing the usual tropes on their heads, something we don’t typically see in Disney films) and that he should be lucky he got off with just a punch in the nose.
Now, as troubling as I found the above review, I can understand it. There will always be men out there who think that a strong woman is all about making men look bad. There are also women who subscribe to the same theory, but whatever.
What I found even more bothersome, which actually had me so upset I was close to crying were the several reviews written by women who knocked stars off their total because ELSA DOESN’T END THE MOVIE WITH A MAN.
But one could even forgive Frozen this, if it wasn’t hindered by a second missed opportunity: It doesn’t give Elsa a love interest, no prince to win her heart, no man to love, who would love her back.
It was a huge missed opportunity on the part of Frozen not to give Elsa a love story. Nothing in the world could have been more beautiful than if this character, who spends a lifetime (not to mention most of the movie) utterly alone, would have finally found romantic love. It could have been “the most beautiful love story ever told,” if a prince had finally begun to see past her dangerous side, helped her realize her goodness of heart, and shown her the romantic love that she’s been denied her whole life (which, at the age of 21, would be an aching longing for her indeed).
I srsly can’t even with this. Here I was all excited and applaudy because we’ve got another Disney princess (like Merida) who doesn’t need a man/relationship to make her happy, and people are complaining about it. Aren’t we supposed to be teaching our daughters that they don’t NEED a relationship to be happy and fulfilled? Aren’t we supposed to be letting them know that the keys to their happiness lie inside?
Then why are we getting all pissy cos a princess ends a movie happy on her own?