Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Snow Queen vs George Cincinnatus Washington

Having heard just about every female I know under the age of 25 gush about the Disney movie Frozen, my wife included, I surely broke at least one of Heartiste's commandments in agreeing to watch it: Frozen with her if she'd watch Gladiator with me.

The contrasts could hardly have been starker*. Frozen is the animated embodiment of Millennial values. For the good of the nation, the young queen is initially forced to bottle up her feelings and emotions (the releasing of which, rather than just being imagined by the navel-gazing facebook generation to have significant real world consequences, actually has potentially mortal consequences in the movie). The queen doesn't appear to do any actual governing as she holds it all inside, but the cross she bears in having to suffer unexpressed feelings--the center of which the universe's core is located--is more than enough for the target audience to sympathize with!

If you don't have two hours to spend watching a movie produced for teenage girls, taking in the movie's hit song will be enough to give you the idea:



The Lion King-esque return to retake the kingdom conclusion feels tacked on at the end. It doesn't require any sort of painful trade off to be made by any of the protagonists. They all get to have their cake and eat it, too. Anyway, it's not what girls watching the movie are connecting to, I can promise you.

* Values of duty, devotion, and stoicism (and Stoicism) vs. those of self-discovery and emotional self-indulgence. Parenthetically, my wife agrees only somewhat begrudgingly. She's all right.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have to give the movie credit for not shoehorning Africans into European folklore.

Jokah Macpherson said...

Haven't seen Frozen so I have no idea what the context of this scene is but I find it hard to believe that this is the big hit song of the year. I prefer the original version by Cowboy Mouth, also known as "Jenny Says".

Maybe teen/young adult girls think the world revolves around them because it actually does. That's where the big portion of the consumption comes from, either directly or indirectly (refer to sales success of "Let it Go"). Theoretically, that's also where all future babies come from too so you (general you) better reserve your spot in line.

Stoicism, loyalty, and duty are for losers like me who can't do any better.

Anonymous said...

When I pointed out the "alpha lays, beta pays" facet of the Frozen story my wife accused me of being cynical. Lol.

I'm coming to think the tension between "survival-based" values (from cultures past) and "fulfillment-based" values is one of the defining features of the times we find ourselves in.

Anonymous said...

"alpha lays, beta pays"

Sooner or later Darwin's Bill comes due. Perhaps the road to Alphadom is in not paying.

The true path is: Make.Them.Pay.

Lose the false stoicism which is in fact cowardice, and stop misplacing the loyalty.

VXXC

TJIC said...

"No right, no wrong, no rules for me."

Delightful.

We had a civilization once.

DPG said...

Well, at least they still seem to imply that a girl with blonde hair, light eyes, and a flowing dress, who sways her hips as she struts is sexy. usually that girl would be a villain.