Recently, my daughter (4) has become interested in (read: obsessed with) Frozen. Every day, she wants to watch Frozen. If she’s not watching it, she wants the music on. If the music isn’t on, she wants to act out the movie. She expresses herself in lines from the script (“please don’t shut me out” after I snap at her for dawdling, for example). In an effort to channel her enthusiasm for this one movie into films in general, I interviewed her to find out why she liked it, and since then have been using the same series of questions to interview her after she watches a movie new to her. Interestingly, she likes to turn the interview around when I’m done questioning her, and ask me the same questions while she takes “notes.” I’m capturing her responses and my own thoughts on the movies in a series I’m calling “Tiny Human Movie Reviews.”
Below are thoughts on Disney’s Frozen, which came out in 2013 and has been a favorite of little girls ever since.
Q: What movie did you just watch?
Kid: Ana & Elsa
Q: What happened in the movie?
Kid: She froze her heart. And Ana was so so cold.
Me: A queen with magical powers (Elsa) is encouraged to suppress them from a young age, with disastrous results (freezes entire kingdom, nearly kills her sister, misses out on years of companionship she could have had). An ice-man and his reindeer help the queen’s sister (Ana) in her quest to find and talk to Elsa and thaw things. Elsa accidentally freezes Ana’s heart, and a wise old troll tells Ana that only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart. A talking snowman provides comic relief.
Q: How long was the movie?
Kid: *Holds up 10 fingers*
Me: Maybe 90 minutes? Thereabouts?
Q: What was your favorite part? Why?
Kid: Umm… Elsa frozing her [Ana’s] heart. Because of treason. (Parental note: at one point in the film, Prince Hans of the Southern Isles charges Queen Elsa with treason for killing her sister–thus, my kid has identified the moment Elsa freezes Ana’s heart as the moment of treason).
Me: Olaf singing “In Summer”
Q: Was there a part you didn’t like? Why?
Kid: The big monster. It was so scary.
Me: I don’t care for the storyline about the Duke of Weaseltown. His motivation is unclear–it’s like they cut some scenes explaining why he wants to kill the Queen, or we’re supposed to assume that it’s just because he’s afraid of sorcery.
Q: Would you tell your friends to watch this movie?
Kid: All the girls did in my class. Only girls are allowed to watch it because there are two girls in there [the movie]. Boys watch Dory and Spider-Man and bad guys. They can’t watch [Frozen] because there are pears around my school and my teachers think it’s Halloween. (Parental note: She’s fixated on boys versus girls. We are trying our best to convince her that there aren’t “girl” things and “boy” things, but with apparently little effect. Also I don’t know what the hell she’s talking about. Pears? Halloween? What?)
Q: Anything else you want to say?
Kid: Can I write it up? (Parental note: she means write up the interview.)
Me: There are worse movies to watch every day.