There are a lot of things to like about Disney’s new film Frozen:
- Idina Menzel. ‘Nuff said.
- There are two strong female protagonists, neither of which is a damsel in distress.
- The central conflict isn’t between a “hero” and a “villain.” It’s between two likable, empathetic…
Shortly after I came out, one of my more traditional Christian friends was struggling with the revelations. Weeks after I told her, she went to see Frozen with her daughter.
I had never seen it but a few days later she emailed me and said:
“The girl who reminded me of you was the princess Elsa. She has this gift where she makes ice and snow and all that and ends having to spend most her life locked up in her room away from other people including her family. She shuts everyone out. Her little sister Anna doesn’t even know. Elsa has this thing she says to herself along the lines of “don’t let them in, don’t feel, don’t let them know, be the good girl you are.” She tries SO hard to hide it, but it gets out. She ends up hurting people and causing chaos.
She runs to the mountains and you think she’s going to be so sad up there, but she lets her gift go free and now everyone knows, so she goes wild with her gift and builds stuff and basically says she likes it better to have it all out in the open to be who she is, she loves the freedom to use her gift without fear of being found out, and she feels happy to be out in the open and not hiding anything anymore.
I don’t know if you see what I mean when I say she reminds me of you. She is born different, grew up shutting people out, then once she was free, she liked it. I kind of see you like that. I may be totally off base— but I do.”
It was a lovely thing to say and made me instantly want to watch the movie (which I did, and loved). But the next thing my friend said was, “it’s easier to ‘let it go’ than hide it and fight it.”
Hide and fight.
It’s an interesting observation given the metaphor she just employed suggests that “hiding and fighting” who you are doesn’t work. There is no victory to be had until you accept who you are and, as we learn in the film, love and acceptance are the key that brings peace and calms the storm.