by Mariana Galecki
The holiday season is in full swing, and what better way to get you in the mood than Disney’s new movie Frozen. To the untrained eye, it may seem like a typical Disney flick with princesses, magical powers, catchy songs and “true” love. However, when one takes a closer look, it’s a whole new world.
This is the first time ever that a woman, Jennifer Lee, has directed a Disney animated film. Although she shared the responsibility with Chris Buck, it is still a monumental step towards gender equality in the film world. It’s not that women are better filmmakers or simply better than men, but when a film is made by a balanced group of individuals, a more real and genuine movie will come to fruition.
It is incredible how different Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) are from Snow White and Cinderella! Princess Merida from Brave was definitely a step towards the creation of a full-fledged independent female character like Elsa, but her plot was not as strong as the one in Frozen. Elsa was originally supposed to be an evil snow queen, but because there was a balanced writing team, a whole multidimensional character was created. Elsa loves her sister and ultimately wants what is best for her people, but she is afraid and that leads her to do things that she shouldn’t.
This is the same team that gifted the world with Wreck-It-Ralph (2012), so expectations were very high for this movie and I do believe they were delivered. I’m not an expert in animation, but there was nothing terrible about it that popped out. Frozen had that familiar Disney style that everyone loves so much and has been missing for a while. Wednesday, the day I went to see the movie, was not a very good day for me, but watching this movie made me happy and giddy and made all my troubles go away. Furthermore, the songs are all beautiful and memorable; in fact, I could not stop singing Let it Go all weekend.
Frozen is not extremely revolutionary, but it does break several barriers and it should be celebrated for that. Not only that, but it’s a classic and superb Disney movie that is enjoyable to all audiences.