As we endure this polar vortex it can be reassuring to know some good things come out of incredibly cold weather. A case in point: recently I saw the new Disney movie ‘Frozen’ with some younger female family members and I gotta say that I absolutely loved it; we all did! My 10-year-old niece declared it “the best movie ever!”, my sister said it was “wonderfully amazing” and my daughter proclaimed it “the best Disney movie since The Lion King.” High praise indeed but completely worth all this adoration. The animation was gorgeous, the music was incredibly catchy and the storyline was a magnificent reinterpretation of a classic (‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Anderson).
The movie passed the relatively new Bechdel test. In order to pass a movie must contain at least two female characters who talk to each other about something besides a man. This may seem light a simple test to pass but you would be astounded by how few movies do pass. The two main characters of this movie are sisters Anna and Elsa (voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel respectively) and the problems they encounter concern much more than a mere man. The two girls are orphaned (surprise?!) and must figure out how to deal with their power (Elsa has the ability to freeze everything and anything she chooses) and their estranged relationship.
The main themes of the movie are timeless and inspiring. It’s all about being true to yourself, not being afraid of your powers, acceptance, understanding, and unconditional sisterly love.
There is also the inclusion of the character of Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) who provides delightful comic relief and was indeed my young niece’s favourite character.
There’s also this radio-friendly version of the same song by Demi Lovato:
If you get the chance, I urge you to go watch this movie. It will be an uplifting and joyous experience that may make you appreciate this brutal winter weather a little. Try and take as many young and impressionable girls as you can with you.