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So I have recently watched Frozen…
It took me too much time deciding to go to see it, since some of my friends had thrown pretty bad reviews over it, about it’s script being so lame and typical, with the love thing solving the problem as usual. But finally, I decided to watch it and build my own opinion.
And I loved it. Every second of it. Although it was really though and heartbreaking at the same time. I think it is a very deep film, covered as a cheesy, typical, naive, love story. This movie talks about anxiety. Maybe more specifically about depression, or maybe about psychological problems in general.
Let me explain it:
—Ice represents anxiety. It´s something that it is within Elsa, something she can’t control, and that is capable to hurt others.
—Elsa represents a troubled person. Her condition is not her fault, she can’t control it, and she suffers even more than the others by this. For this reason she choses to move away from others, and isolate herself where she can’t get hurt or hurt others
—The parents. They are an example of abusive parents, passive aggressive manipulators, probably with best intention although. They try to help, but because of their lack of understading on Elsa’s problem they end up making more damage and generating more anxiety (more ice) and depression. Because of the pressure that they put on Elsa, she suffers a huge loss of control and developes a need for isolation and solitude. You can see how at the beginning of the movie she controls her magic without problem, it is since their parents put pressure on her, that she loses the control over it.
(Edit)—The gloves. I didn’t figure out this one by myself, but someone else did in this post. The gloves could represent the anti-depressants or psychiatric medication in general. They hold her back and make a hollow version of Elsa. This is similar to the effect psychoactive drugs have on some people, they give you a fake and temporal sensation of control, but to achieve real and permanent control, you can’t rely only on them so eventually they’ll have to be left behind and focus on controlling your problem with your own bare hands.
—Ana represents all the warm hearted people who try to help, maybe with clumsynes, maybe making it worst sometimes, but because of the true nature of her unconditional love, helps Elsa a lot in the end. Only those who love someone troubled, enough to sacrifice themselves, can help them. Because only someone who loves you so much, can give you the motivation to fight back against anxiety. The rest of the people don’t really care about them, even if say otherwise. To understand this and be able to help Elsa, Ana must learn that love is not wanting others to be like you, but putting someone else before herself.
—The rest of the people in Arendalle. This is a representation of ordinary people, who usually do not know about psychological problems, and their complexity and hardness, and also make no effort in understanding them. They prefer to ignore them and just avoid those who have them. And usually, they fear this because of their ignorance about it. And you know, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to anger. (Yoda dixit) ;)
—The Castle. I have doubts about this, it might represent the beauty a troubled person can build once he or she controls anxiety, or it could represent the comfort zone. The place where fear and hurting is out of the equation. Or it could be both things, since a comfort zone is built with beauty (and fear) in some ways…
—Love. This was the main reason of the bad reviews I heard off. Some people founded too typical and simple that in the ending love just solves anything. But like it or not, that is the way it goes! Only unconditional and pressure-free love of those who put someone else before themselves, and who bother to understand other people’s problems; can make the rough path of fighting anxiety, a path worth walking.