I watched Frozen a week before it was officially released so I went in with a blank slate. I'm also a HUGE Disney fanatic and many have accused me of being biased because I dislike most Dreamworks attempts (except for Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon... and I enjoyed Rise of the Guardians and Monsters vs Aliens).
I was entertained. But I also walked out feeling taken advantage of. Story is EVERYTHING and the plot points in this movie are not natural. They are manufactured, poorly I might add, to hit whatever song was written.
The filmmakers originally had Elsa be a villain in the film, which, even though it has been done, would have worked as a redemption story. Then the songwriters turned in "Let it Go". Instead of having the song writers support the story they were telling, the filmmakers rewrote the entire script to keep the song. That's the biggest red flag if I've ever seen one.
For one, each of these Princess films has an "I want" moment. We never really see what Elsa is going through. We see her upset and ignoring Anna... but we never get the sense that she hates her life and she hates that she has these powers. When "Let it Go" finally happens, it's not an "I want" moment but rather "I'm doing this even though I never expressed that I wanted it" moment. She's letting it all out... but is she really? She's still hiding. To me, "Let it Go" isn't big enough of a moment for me. She didn't earn it. It was given to her.
Freezing the town is supposed to be one of the pivotal moments in the film that sets all of it in motion. But... Elsa does it by accident. Whoops! Where's the motivation behind ANYTHING in this movie? She got scared and she blasts a few bits of ice.... there really should be something else here that triggers the freezing of an entire kingdom shouldn't there? She has stated many times in the film that she doesn't want to hurt anyone. Maybe she should... I dunno... accidentally hurt someone? Her fear of that could cause her emotions to go into some sort of meltdown, causing her to freeze uncontrollably. In fear of doing more damage and actually hurting more people, she should run. The freezing shouldn't come AFTER she runs away.
And Anna's big "I want" moment is to actually meet a dude! And not only does she meet a dude, but they sing about how much they're in love with each other! Is this film really as progressive as people say it is?
"For the First Time in Forever" as well as "Love is an Open Door" is actually nothing more than misdirection. They want you to believe in this love only to pull the rug from underneath you later. The Duke of Weaselton, not really a villain though questionable intentions, is also inserted to misguide you from thinking any ill-will of Hans.
Hans, for being the evil plotter that he is, does many things that would contradict his plans. And besides, if you're 13th in line, marrying a cute princess is not a bad consolation prize!
Kristoff... yeah... raised by trolls... that's maybe the most obvious "WTF" moment in the film. I'm all for him discovering the trolls and becoming life long friends, but... FAMILY? So weird and unnecessary. And he's also still doing the ice merchant business... with those other guys who... weren't his family right? They just let this orphan kid come along?
Anna and Elsa's parents. Poor them. Not since Cinderella was death of parent(s) so unemotional. Think of Bambi's mom, Mufasa, even Tarzan's parents had a more meaningful death. But the King and Queen needed to be removed from the story in order for Elsa to become queen. Too bad it wasn't done in a good storytelling way. IF the King and Queen were on a quest to find Elsa a cure, maybe Elsa could become even more guilt-ridden about concealing her powers and thus, ignoring Anna further. As the film is now, Elsa already ignores Anna the same amount as she did before her parents died, so that death played an even lesser importance than it should have.
Finally, Anna's quest after the kingdom is frozen. This is a kingdom, btw, that DOES have snowy winters. It's proven in the early scenes in the film. Why make a kingdom that KNOWS what winter is like go through an eternal winter? It should be a kingdom like Sunny Southern California that wouldn't know what to do if it started to snow!
But anyway... Anna, chases after her sister to "talk to her and fix the frozen winter problem". I'm sorry.. "talk" to her sister? This is the same sister that has ignored her all of her life? There's no drama here. Anna would be more heroic if she went up the mountain reluctantly only to try and save her kingdom. But no, she thinks going up the mountain willy nilly will fix it all. It's just uninteresting as a character to develop nothing. She's the same character from the start of the movie to the very end. It would be more satisfying to see her attempt this impossible mission without realizing the outcome.
As for the end, we always knew that Anna loved her sister Elsa. We could easily predict throughout the film that she WOULD risk her life for her. What would be less predictable if Elsa was even crueler from the start. To make that love more questionable. It would be a more satisfying end for Elsa to see just how much her sister loves her despite all the challenges and hardships she put her through. Afterall, it isn't Anna's frozen heart that needed healing... it was Elsa's.
Sorry, that was long. Thanks to those who read it. I just think this film has so much more potential. It's certainly a fixer upper.