The loneliest moment in someones life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
whait what what time zone are you in because im going to bed
I live in +1UTC. That’s a 6 hour difference to US “Easter Standard Time”. So right now while writing this, it is 06:34am.
See ya later.~ (-w-)
i had a home… and a family!
Basically, then as a prize, suffer trough 300 years of agony and loneliness, before FINALLY getting accepted, believed in, and becoming a Guardian.
But that con of the prize though was a tough one to pay for Jack.
Here’s what I think of Frozen, and why I find it just a big “meh!” (a summary):
I’m tired, and I’m not really in the mood right now, to write a long post on every tiny detail, of what I think is the pros and cons of this movie, so I just write some short pros and cons, to give an overall summary.
1) Some of the semi-realistic landscape design, and some of the colour contrasts.
After have watched the whole movie, I think Disney is indeed capable to make their animation as realistic as Dreamworks, BUT, they choose to keep a more “cartoon-ish/2D” style to them. And whether you find the style pleasing or not, is to discuss. Each to their own tastes. Not every type of CGI animation has to look as realistic as possible (for ex., I adore the comic vs. 3D design in Telltale Games ongoing game series The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead). Not everything has to look like realism, and I can appreciate different styles.
The scene I liked best, was when Elsa fought off some soldiers from Arendelle in her ice castle. It was a very effectful contrast between the warm and aggressive background, against Elsa’s cool dress and overall colour scheme. And I like colour contrast.
The other nice scene I can think of, albeit shorter, is that moment when Elsa walks out on the balcony of her castle: the illumination was beautiful, and fell nicely on her dress, creating this glow, like thousands of small, glimmering diamonds. And yeah, yeah, that dress is pretty, alright. And I did get a sense of the ice being VERY slippery in Elsa’s castle, and I liked the transparency mixed with cold shades of blue. It’s simple and elegant, yet bitterly chilly and not very welcoming.
The animation was also very smooth, which I appreciated the most in the background of mountains, forests and the sky. For some reason, it has a calming and peaceful touch to it.
However, there are things in Frozen’s animation design, that just doesn’t go all the way for me, in my taste, more on that in cons.
2) Each one of the main characters have their own personality, easy to distinguish from one another.
Queen Elsa and Princess Anna are somewhat like their opposites, which sisters often seem to be (at least me and my sister are quite the opposite, at some parts). Elsa is mature, silent, a loner, independent, modest, gracious, intelligent, thinks-carefully-before-acting, and somewhat… distant to people, and hard-to-get-to-know. (I get the feeling this woman, unlike Anna, is VERY careful with people, and doesn’t let them in personally, until she can be completely sure they can be trusted. And this is a wise mindset.)
Anna, on the other hand, is loud, emotional, bold, wearing her heart on her sleeve, irrational, naive, always warm and open to form relationships with people fast (VERY fast, JFC woman, CALM DOWN), and acts-first-thinks-through-later.
Kristoff is first seen as a little rough and cocky, but softens, and becomes kind and caring, both on the outside (how he acts) and on the inside (what he means by these actions, and what he truly cares about).
But Hans on the other hand, appears as a respectful and benignant young man (although I could see though his bullshitting on long way), but to later get revealed as an egoistic and desperately power hungry jerk. I do NOT think he is a sociopath though, as many seems to say; I believe he knew he was hurting both Elsa and Anna, and that lying, manipulating and trying to kill Elsa was wrong, but simply having no fucks given. I do believe he can understand other people’s feelings, heck, maybe he does even have someone he cares about (a relative, a friend, one of his 12 brothers, ect.), but can simply decide when he doesn’t give a fuck.
I found Sven and Olaf to be quite similar in personality though. Both very goofy, but one of them not talking.
The character I liked the most though was Oaken… because, seriously… "HOO-HOO!" Damn Norwegian dork sure deserved more screen time.
3) Interesting story idea, and kudos getting inspired by H.C. Andersen.
I like Andersen, I’ve read a few of his stories, such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, John Blund, Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes, ect.
I have not read his story The Snow Queen yet, so I can not judge by now, how much this movie is adapting from the original story.
But anyway, I do think having a snow queen, not being able to control her powers, turning her almost into an un-willing villian, is a nice character arc, that can be built on in several directions.
I like to see pieces of inspiration put into movies. It’s like a fresh re-written way of the original piece.
1) I think Disney could’ve worked more on the animation!
So much more. Yes, it doesn’t have to be realistic, as I said earlier, but, I think for this design to really work out, it should’ve gone more at that direction, having even more often bright contrast between colours, and a dramatic shading.
Because as I watched this movie, everything was so smooth! Too smooth! The skin, the clothes, the background… no blotchiness. It felt just so… PLASTIC! And I think, that they could’ve avoided this plastic feel to it, by adding a more dramatic shading and contrast that really pops out. But instead it just felt like the animation just couldn’t decide exactly were it wanted to lean against… like trying to look at one part realistic, yet smoothing out all kinds of deep skin detail.
I think it could’ve been leaned more at the non-realistic style, to just set it in. It would’ve been so much more pleasing to watch, with the smoothness in a splendid harmony with a, as I said before, dramatic shading and colour scheme contrasts.
(For ex., look at the design for the game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. A semi-realistic style, but definitely leaning towards more cartoon-ish style, a fantasy world with fun-going, harmonizing design, a perfect mix of smoothness, bright colour/contrasts and shading. It does not balance on a super thin line, like Frozen, where it feels like it simply cannot decide on how the style should look like. Of course, maybe it is not accurate, to compare animation in games vs. movies, but I am more going into, at what I think is nice to find a balance in the style.)
Also did not really like the extremely big eyes of the main female characters. Just hmm… no, I don’t find it to look good. But, again, maybe it could, if they had put more drama into the style.
So for most of the time, the design did not really click with me. Don’t misunderstand, it is not bad animation, and some scenes are really beautiful, but I just feel it is missing some elements into it. Because for me, this movie felt…… half finished in its design. It could’ve gone further. But instead just ended up feeling… plastic.
2) I did not really connect a feeling between the sisters. And the character Hans felt quite unnecessary.
The movie just predicted us to “yeah, they are sisters, so therefor, they love each other”, but I think Frozen could’ve REALLY worked on their relationship. Ever heard about “show, don’t tell”? That’s how I see it. True, we did see some of their childhood, and how it both made them suffer losing their parents. But, I really wanted to see more of that, of what they thought and felt of each other.
And Hans… Just… Disney, why couldn’t you have had Elsa as the anti-villain instead? I don’t know about you guys, but I think that the idea, of Elsa not being able to control her powers, running and hiding in fear, and going berserk to anyone trying to hurt her is a way more interesting plot idea, and would’ve made Anna and Elsa’s bond more tighter, and way more easier to have feelings over. That Elsa is not evil (of course), but her powers are wild and dangerous…
The movie could’ve worked more on that concept instead, of Anna trying to fight off Elsa’s powers, and trying to convince her, that there is a way out of this misery.
This would’ve also made the audience, to start think about the concept of “good” and “evil”.
But because of Hans, the audience doesn’t need to, because that role is already taken up by him. He is the bad guy, and Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and the others have to fight him, and that’s it. I think that idea is so over worn, of the usual “good” vs “evil”. I need something fresh, something that does offer new way of thinking of this concept, of what is good and evil. Because it is not always that simple. The world is not simply divided into good and evil; it is the most complex spectrum you could ever imagine.
But maybe Hans is not downright evil? That is not what I said. But, with him in the plot, it just felt cliche. Disney could’ve avoided this, by maybe adding more character background to him.
Was Hans bullied by his brothers, and rejected by his parents? Didn’t he have any friends at all? Has he been suffering though any trauma in his life?
Adding these details to his character, would’ve made his reasoning and goal with taking over Arendelle more… empathetic. Maybe he thought he would finally get acceptance, respect and love from people, if he became the king of Arendelle, and was tired of suffering… and there for threw away a part of his humanity to gain it? See, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and backgrond, Disney!
3) Where the heck did Elsa’s powers come from anyway? You expect the audience to just accept such a big plot hole? Well, not me. A human “just being” born with ice powers, doesn’t make any sense! You could’ve come up with any idea, as to why she was born that way. Just please don’t leave that out!
(That would’ve been in RotG, when Jack Frost saves his sister, then get revived by the man in the moon, as an immortal spirit with powers over the snow, ice and cold. Now, imagine if that movie had cut out the scene, in which Jack get’s revived and lifted up from the frozen pond. Do you get how, if that scene had not been in the movie, how much it would’ve confused the audience? To see immortal Jack, then suddenly mortal Jack, but no explanation how he just changed. THAT is how I feel about Elsa’s powers.)
You didn’t have to add much of a background story to it; it could’ve been done simple! Maybe the former Queen of Arendelle accidentally ate some magic snow, maybe she bathed in a lake without knowing it was enchanted by the magic of controlling ice and snow, or maybe Elsa’s powers were inherit from a supposed grandma of hers being a witch? See? The only thing Disney could fill up this plot hole would be to make a sequel… but still, I find that lazy.Because this hint, that it could be revealed in a sequel would be nice, if the King and Queen had questioned, out loud, in the movie were this power came from, but no.
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybel- *COUGH* a big, lazy-appearing and frustrating plot hole. I can’t be the only one buying into “oh, just born with it, and no reason behind it”.
4) GOD, ANNA WAS SO ANNOYING AT TIMES.
So freaking immature it’s not even funny.
Anna! You are FREAKING 18! Grow the fuck up!
First she wants to marry a man she’s just met, then yells and get emotional, in front of people, for Elsa not giving them her blessings, making Anna suddenly jump from the topic of “true love”, to how Elsa had shut her out for years.
And she refused to go away, and have a private, calm talk with her sister, but just had to have Hans by her side… Was she not confident, to talk to her sister by herself? Lame.
"But don’t you find Hans lame then?" No. While I do find, that he was "unnecessarily necessary" to the plot (It felt like he was just forced into being necessary to the plot, when it would’ve been more interesting to have Elsa as the main enemy instead.), I could see right though, that he knew very well what he was doing, and that was playing naive and humble for manipulation. Which is wrong, yes, but a bad character, does not necessarily mean a "bad" character. But, Anna was genuinely naive…
And while I can at times stand immature characters… it was just too much with Anna. She is 18, a young adult, and should know better. True, Elsa has been living inside her room most of her life, getting even less exposed to humans, if even at all, but at least she gets that you can’t go marry a dude you’ve just met.
I’m gonna be honest though, that this point nr. 4 is not really a “con” though, since I’m more going on personal view, that I find Anna annoying. See, it would be a con, of she would’ve been portrayed these personality traits in a way, that wouldn’t make sense to the audience. But naww… Just moving on to the last point.
5) The story felt rushed though at the beginning. And I did not feel with the characters.
There were just song, after song, after song in the beginning of the movie, making me go “Oh what, a song AGAIN? Has it even been a 5 minutes pause between them?”.
And I think… from the sister’s childhood, to Elsa’s coronation, I didn’t feel anything in particular. What I think was missing, was more scenes of learning to know, just a little more about the sister’s relationship. True, they lived with Elsa shutting her out behind a closed door… but I wanted to know more about what they thought about each other.
Like, a scene were young Anna would be trying to ask her parents why Elsa never came out of her room. The parents themselves having a discussion of how it pains to see their daughters apart like this. Maybe young, 8 year olf Elsa sitting in her room, drawing a picture out of frost, of her 5 year old sister, as a symbol of her longing to see her sister again… As I said before, more character-relationship-bonding scenes.
And overall……… maybe I am heartless then, for not feeling much for the characters in Frozen. I do empathize with them, but not sympathizing. And honestly… I think the main reason is the lack of character bonding and background. The movie sure did have it… but it missed parts of that, that if had been done differently, could’ve ended up so much better!
Just some small details, more scenes, maybe other scenes, and not having the movie including Hans… Instead of Anna fighting against time to save both of her sufferingv sister, and Arendelle freezing over, without a jerk in between it, to make an “obvious” bad guy cliche.
And that’s it.
I’m sorry if there are any grammar mistakes, and I hope this makes any sense at all. I’m just way too tired right now, to read though this, so I just post it, and hope for the better.
The movie is not horrible, but it balances on being good, and just a shoulder shrug.
(It does have its fine and dramatic moments, but this movie did not hold it up for me, to like it enough, to actually ever re-watch it.)
But one thing is sure; I do not think it deserved it’s Oscar as best animated film. And screw you, Disney, this movie is not better than the Lion King. I think comparing Tangled or Brave would be more fair. (But even then, not really. In my view, my favourite Disney movies are The Rescuers Down Under, Tarzan, Treasure Planet and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.)
Well well, to put all the pieces together, I guess a rating, like a summary at the end, would be preferred……
I rate Frozen 2.5 stars out of 5.
Let’s go KISS Hans! WHO IS this Hans?!
Olaf (From Frozen)
Okay. That quote did make me laugh a little…
Very good point you have there. They started Anna off like they did with every other Disney princess. The difference is that she is 18. The other princesses were younger with her. Being a young adult and saying something like that is really immature.
Yes. I think, just calling out, loud, in front of people like that was just… too much. I can understand she is upset of Elsa shutting her out for so long. But that, in combination with her not giving a blessing to a damn guy she’s just met? Give me a break!
She should’ve tried talking to Elsa somewhere else, about her shutting her out, and what have happened to her, ect.
And when Elsa asks to have a talk with her alone, Anna refuses, she wants it RIGHT there, RIGHT now, ANSWER. BLESSING. NOW.
This makes her appear very immature, impatient… and cannot stand on her own. Which means, she just must have Hans there by her side, not being able to go have a talk with her sis.
Well well, I believe she doesn’t have much life experience. But neither do Elsa have much life experience, but she understands marrying a guy you’ve just met is crazy.
And the other thing, she shouldn’t have lashed out in front of people like that. But oh well, I’m 40 minutes into the movie now, and it seems she understands what she did was unnecessary.