Movie: Frozen (2013)
Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5
General Impression: Take it or leave it.
As I mentioned yesterday, I watched Epic and Frozen around the same time. Epic surprised me, after all the hype around Frozen I was kind of left thinking there could have been more. Yes, I know it's a Disney movie, and yes, it's a giant leap to female representation in media, and yes, there was still a lot of unfulfilled potential within the representation and with the plot and characters.
I know Epic doesn't pass the Bechdel test, but there was a lot less hype about it's representation than Frozen's. Elsa was probably the more interesting of the two female leads, but since most of the story was focused on Anna trying to reconnect with Elsa, her character felt flat and her motivation was grasping at straws. I don't' have a sister, but I have two brothers I care deeply about. But if I hadn't really interacted with either of them for the better part of 10 years, I cant' say I would throw myself in harm's way as readily.
Maybe it is a sister thing, who knows?
There was a bit of action and adventure, but if we're going to look at it from a feminist angle, if Anna is supposed to be the hero of this story, why did she need the help of two males? You could spin it as "she's royalty and wouldn't have learned cold weather survival skills." OK, sure, but why couldn't the snowman been female? I could go on and pick the movie apart, but I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't buy the hype of how awesome Frozen is and what great role models Anna and Elsa are.
I guess what really bothers me is why the media had to pitch it as the first female hero in the Disney franchise? How quickly did everyone forget about Mulan? MULAN! I mean, defied her culture to pass herself off as a man to become a soldier to save her family's honour. She wasn't capable at the start of the movie but BECAME capable. Anna remained as capable (or incapable) for the duration of the movie.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie, but the hype made watching it and appreciating it a disappointing experience. One can only hope that in my lifetime I will see something as equally epic as Mulan was.