The Film All Should See
Lately I’ve been surrounded by the imagery and pop music from the animated feature Frozen, but I hadn’t seen the film. Why? I don’t like animated movies. It isn’t to slam the art, but I just don’t want to watch a cartoon, regardless of how well it’s done by Disney/Pixar. I want organic skin tones, not digital reproduction.
So what happened? My wife wanted to watch Frozen, so I caved. We sat down on the couch, and I prepped myself to be bored as the opening ice-making musical ensued. But in no time, the story sucked me in and thawed my cold ideas of this animated flick.
Frozen is a film that every child and adult should watch.
Frozen is a film that every child and adult should watch. I was inspired and impacted by the ideas woven into this fun and entertaining film. I’m sure the writer(s) could comment more, but here are a few thoughts that jumped into my heart:
1) Frozen shattered the icy grip of stereotypes.
How many of us at various stages of life have had ideas in our heads about what life should be like? What love should be like? What family should be like? What friends should be like? In Frozen, it wasn’t the big, tough guy saving the girl — it was the girl saving the guy. Anna thought she knew what love was. She thought she was in love with the sexy, tall, handsome man who thought everything she thought, and liked everything she liked. In reality, she was in love with an idea. It was infatuation. Real love met her on different terms. It was the shaggy blond-headed dude who was sometimes clumsy, and in fact not always on the same page.
2) Family can hurt you the most.
Anna experienced horrible rejection from Elsa, but she didn’t know why. Yet Anna’s character refused to give up on her sister. Anna was sometimes cloaked in temporary doubt, fear and further rejection, but her dedication to her family persisted. She didn’t give up.
3) Love conquers fear.
Everyone deals with fear. For some of us, fear can be a crippling force that consumes every available resource of our brain, and can bring a moment, event or experience to a complete and utter demise.
Elsa was tortured by her fears, and she let them win for the majority of her life. She didn’t want to hurt, but she couldn’t control things, and it eventually made her run. And guess what? Running brought her the freedom she longed for (what she thought she needed and wanted)…but at a huge price.
The real cure for Elsa’s fears was love. When she finally realized this, she could control her life. Her love for others became larger than everything else. And with incredible irony, love changed her curse into a gift that she then used to show more love.
And with incredible irony, love changed her curse into a gift that she then used to show more love.
This last concept is revolutionary. Love cannot just set you free in life, but it can transform a curse into a blessing. It transcends all problems. Here’s one of my all time favorite movie quotes about love:
“It’s a science. It tries to determine underlying patterns in chaotic systems: Weather, ocean currents, blood flow, that sort of thing. Well, it turns out that there are few things more chaotic than the beat of a human heart. Speeding up, slowing down. A pretty face, a flight of stairs. It’s always changing depending on what’s happening to us out there…. But underneath all of that bump-a-ta-bump mess, there is, in fact, a pattern. A truth. And it’s love. The most important thing about love is that we choose to give it, and we choose to receive it. Making it the least random act in the entire universe. It transcends blood, it transcends betrayal, and all the dirt that makes us human.“ ~Ryan Reynolds’ character, Frank Allen, in Chaos Theory
So wow…I’m so glad that God blessed us with a movie like Frozen. These are the movies that change lives. These are the movies that instill good ideas about life into the hearts of our little people as they grow up. Thank you, Disney, for creating such a masterpiece.
Some favorite films like Jerry Maguire, Chaos Theory, and now Frozen, are pretty-much all about the same thing: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4