Frozen

No one who sees this film can possibly leave the theater without a smile on your face. Enter at your own risk.

FrozenFirst and foremost, I have to apologize to you devoted movie fans for failing to get to see Frozen until now. To be quite honest, it wasn’t completely my fault, as my two grandchildren bailed out on me and went to see it with their friends before I could corral them and force them to pay attention to me.

While I could have gone quickly by myself, I was reminded of an episode that I have told before, so humor me. Nearly two decades ago I called a friend to ask her if her 8-year old daughter, Alyse, had seen Pocahontas (1995). When her mother said, “Well no, Bob, but why do you want to take her when you see most of the movies by yourself?” I responded, “Well yes, Anne, that is true, but if I go by myself to a family film all of the parents will suspect that I am a child molester!”;

Regardless, arrangements were made, and I agreed to meet Anne and her daughter at the old Clearwater theater just above 86th Street in Indianapolis. As I stood in an unanticipated long line in a suit after leaving Court, Anne pulled up with Alyse in her Volvo. As I watched them, I saw them both laughing hysterically in the front seat. As Alyse exited, I waved at Anne, yelling, “Don’t worry, I’ll make sure she gets something to eat and have her home by 8 p.m.”;

When Alyse joined me in the line, she kept loudly laughing, bending over and slapping her knees. I finally looked at her and asked, “Alyse, what is so amusing?” Alyse responded, “My mom says you’re so funny!” As she kept howling, I looked at her and said, “Oh yeah, why’s that?” Alyse then threw her hands up in the air, and in a little girl voice yelled at the top of her lungs, “Because she said you needed me to go to this movie or everyone here would thing you’re a big child molester!” She then bent over again, yelling a second time, “Child molester!” I desperately looked at her and said, “Alyse, for God’s sake, shut up or I’ll get arrested before buying us tickets and neither one of us will see the film!”;

As I went in to finally see Frozen by myself, the theater was unexpectedly nearly filled. I sat down in an empty seat next to two mother’s with their children asking, “Excuse me, but is this seat taken?” The mother closest to me mumbled, “No”, and then proceeded to move with her friend and family one seat down to leave a space next to me. I couldn’t really blame her, because I could only think of Alyse and know what she was thinking.

Which is a long introduction to simply describing Frozen as a fabulous film. It is not only destined to win an Oscar for the Best Animated Film in March, but it could have been nominated outright for an Oscar for the best film in any category.

Filled with clever music, it is both delightfully entertaining and an artistic pleasure. It tells the tale of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, forced apart when Elsa’s hidden curse giving her the ability to freeze the environment around her mutates out of control. Elsa flees to an icy kingdom, and Anna begins a journey to find her and bring her back home.

Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, is joined in her quest by Kristoff, a good old country boy, intelligent and trustworthy. With his faithful reindeer Sven and a loveably goofy snowman name Olaf, they have a rollicking good time.

As the movie focuses on two alienated sisters trying to reunite, it also deals with the importance of love in everyone’s life. Given the political environment in the United States today that cavalierly rejects both food stamps and unemployment compensation for the unfortunate, it is something we should all remember.

As with most intriguing Disney films, Frozen embraces the emotional dark side of life. More to the point, just as the little fish Nemo (Finding Nemo (2003)) lost his mother, the parents of Anna and Elsa die when their ship capsizes. Yet the girls have to find a way to go on living, and the film has important meaning to all children.

What young people also learn from Frozen is the valuable lesson associated with making quick decisions that you later regret. Anna becomes engaged to a guy she barely knows, totally misreading who he is and the harm he is intent on spreading throughout the kingdom. Time has its value in many areas, not the least of which applies to personal relationships.

Finally, it is impossible to overemphasize the magnificence of the music in this splendid film. “Let It Go” is nominated for an Oscar this year for Best Original Song, and it is my clear pick to win.

If you haven’t already, you must see this film. Just remember, if you go alone, have a bondsman available so that you can reduce the amount of time you spend in jail following your arrest!