Love isn’t about warm hearts, fuzzy feelings, and inseparable soul mates.  For once, Hollywood caught onto that.

When I saw the trailer for Frozen, I instantly wanted to see it.  That was for several reasons.  I thought the world full of snow would make for some very cool visuals.  The character of Ilsa intrigued me.  I like snowmen.  Reindeer are cool.  And I just happen to be your average, ordinary Disney-loving college guy.

What?  It’s normal, I’m sure it is!

So I went.  And after nearly freezing myself getting back to the house from the theater, I reflected on just how groundbreaking this film is.  It’s a noticeable departure not just for Disney, but for Hollywood as a whole.

The story revolves around two sisters, Ilsa and Anna, who are daughters of the king.  Ilsa is basically a princess version of Iceman, which makes for some really cool playtime with her sister.  That’s how Anna gets hurt.  As part of her healing, which is orchestrated by a troll (think rock-like smurfs, not club-wielding monsters), Anna doesn’t remember anything about Ilsa’s abilities.  As time goes on, Ilsa remains a recluse, afraid of her powers and what they could do.  Later on, when the time comes for her coronation, she loses control and the entire land becomes a wintery wasteland.  She runs off, which leaves Anna to go and find her.

“But where’s the love story??!?!?!!?!?!!”

Keep your britches on, I’m getting there.  You see, during the coronation festivities, Anna gets engaged to some dude she meets.  And it pretty much happens like that.  He’s cute, she’s cute, so they sing a song about sandwiches and stuff, and wa-la they’re getting married.  Then comes Kristoff, an ice salesman whose job has just become incredibly irrelevant.  He reluctantly helps Anna find her sister, and we all know that he’s going to be the guy, but let’s do us all a big favor and pretend to be surprised when the time comes.  Okay?  Okay.

A lot of cool stuff happens.  They meet a live snowman.  The city is panicking.  Ilsa makes a magic ice castle.  Wolves.  Snow.  More snow.  Awesome visuals.  Witty dialogue.  A reindeer bleeding personality.  Then, after another hour of plot development, comes the climax, with the film’s all-important worldview.  Warning: there are spoilers beyond this point.


When Anna finds Ilsa, Ilsa accidentally hurts her again, and it’s revealed that only an act of true love can save her.  They rush to get her back to her fiancé, who turns out to be a rascal (surprise), and then try to get to Kristoff.  But it’s not Kristoff that saves her.  What saves her is when throws herself in front of Ilsa, sacrificing her life for the life of her sister (don’t worry she doesn’t actually die; this is a Disney movie, after all).  Then Ilsa discovers that the secret to thawing the land is love, which she had been running from by hiding herself from her sister.

There are two huge things here.  The first is that Disney has set a new standard by warning little girls about strange seemingly good men instead of encouraging them to chase after them.  This is new.  We have film after film where some strange new guy suddenly enters and just happens to be perfect, handsome, and virtuous.  If girls get the message that all men are like that, it’s encouraging them to throw themselves at the first man they meet, because after all, that’s what all men are like, right?  This encourages girls to be more cautious, and to guard their hearts until they know the man’s character.  That saves them from having to deal with the kind of heartbreak that Anna experiences.


The second is even bigger.  What is an act of true love?  Traditionally, that’s true love’s kiss, right?  That’s even what you’re led to believe this film is driving towards at first.  But it’s not.  It’s not even romantic love as it turns out, but familial love.  A true act of love is that of self-sacrifice, as the film proudly boasts.  Nothing could be more true.  Hollywood, and the world as a whole, treats love as a subjective feeling completely focused on self.  If this person makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, I love them.  We love each other when we both feel warm and fuzzy around each other.  This, however, shows that to be deception through Anna’s “fiancé”, and show’s sacrificial love as true love.  That is what it’s all about.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” – Ephesians 5:25

I couldn’t have been happier with this film.  Not only does it have fantastic humor, witty dialogue, fantastic visual effects, and impressive music (which is still bouncing around in my head), but it speaks a truth about love that I never, in my wildest dreams, expecting to get from a secular film.  This is a must have for every household, every family, every individual.

Logan Judy
Logan Judy is a Christian blogger and science fiction author with a Batman complex. At Cross Culture, Logan writes about film, comics, cultural analysis, and whatever else strikes his fancy. In addition to his work at Cross Culture, Logan also blogs and podcasts at A Clear Lens. You can find him tweeting about Batman, apologetics, and why llamas will one day rule the world, @loganrjudy.
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12 thoughts on “Frozen

  1. Good review Logan. Never fear, however. I’m hearing rumblings of relating elements of this story to the homosexual lifestyle. One is the love between the sisters, i.e., two women loving each other. This is a lame parallel but it’s out there. The other is that Ilsa has to hide her true self until she came to a point to accept herself and deal with it. An analogy for what homosexuals are told to do (act normal, hide it, etc.) then what they come to learn about themselves (coming out of the closet). I think this is complete garbage and a gross twisting of the message of the movie, which you nailed.

    • Ugh. The homosexual movement has become so strong in our society that they can twist ANY piece of media to fit their ideology. That’s very obviously a twist on the original message, but you’re right; it is one we need to be aware of, since real people are interpreting it that way. Thanks for pointing it out Gene. :)

      Another great review sir judy. :) You hit this one right on the head. Keep up the good work!

      • most of the people I’ve heard of making the homosexual connection to this movie are conservative christians. odd how that works out

        • There’s a difference between being a Christian and an alarmist. I consider myself to be a conservative Christian (or perhaps a Biblical Christian is a better term), and I believe the connections some have made between the film and homosexuality to be imaginary and contrived. It’s unfortunate that some have made that connection, but it doesn’t invalidate Christianity because a few holding those convictions have made absurd claims.

          • never said it invalidated it. I just find it odd that the people who claim to be Christians are the only ones I’ve heard or read about that say homosexuals are making connections to the movie.

          • I agree, it is odd. And it’s unfortunate. Because they’re really missing out on some great entertainment, not to mention the promotion of values like familial love and selflessness which are values of Christianity.

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  6. There are elements of homosexuality in this film, but the real danger is the witchcraft depicted. This movie is brilliant – on the part of the enemy. There is a lot of esoteric spiritual knowledge depicted in this film that the vast majority will never catch onto. But that doesn’t matter, what matters is it is being directed at our children. Our children are being indoctrinated into the new age agenda. Do some research about wicca, freemasons, etc. Freemasons will pierce the skin by the heart with a compass point. The forehead (3rd eye) was also pierced – notice all the illuminati eye imagery through history.
    This will be a big stretch for most people but there is some deep esoteric knowledge in this film, stuff that isn’t easily researched unless you start diving into writings from Aleister Crowley and other occult writings. Stuff most people wouldn’t want to read up on, me included.

    • And, of course, no examples are given of the “deep esoteric knowledge in this film”. What? Magic? Stories with magical elements are older than the knowledge of the N.American continents existence. Heck, The Narnia stories, with clear christian allegorical elements, have magic in it. The Lord of the Ring series have magic in it. The King Arthur stories have magic in it, and it has Christian imagery all over the place.

      As for the “elements of homosexuality”… what are you trying to say? sisters *must* hate each others guts? you do realize they’re siblings right? *YOU* are seeing incest in a Disney movie. Kinda shows where your mindset might be

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