I did really like the layered aspect of Elsa’s power ballad, what with how she makes it seem like it’s about taking control of her life and following her heart, when what she's really doing is throwing away her responsibility, surrendering herself to her fears, and shutting out the people who can actually help her control them for a better purpose… I felt for her when she realized she couldn’t “be free”, because when we have problems it can seem like the easiest solution is to shed obligations and do what feels comfortable to us without caring what others think, but all we’re really doing is avoiding the issue because we’re afraid to face ourselves.
...I have really mixed feelings about this movie. I wanted badly to love it, and I really liked its themes and particularly what Elsa's character represented, and the snow effects and costumes were very pretty... but I wasn't a fan of some of the storytelling decisions and I walked out of the theater not wanting to rewatch it. Yet I find Elsa's character potentially very compelling and only wish she'd gotten more focus and development...
I mean, I rode the hype wave while understanding the movie's flaws. It was quite a liberating experience until people started actively trying to persuade me to dislike the movie, which started to sour me on both sides of the issue. The mixed reactions have been fascinating to me because I think they represent perfectly the dissonance we have created between how logic and emotion play into how we regard media. I think that Frozen struck a chord with a lot of people for reasons you and others have brought up about Elsa's character— and no, you're not overthinking it or seeing things that aren't there. It's implicit, and I think with modern moviegoers' tendency to need everything explained and logically laid out in a neat line, that took people off guard. In terms of craft, it was messy and not as well-made as a good handful of Disney films before it, but the craft wasn't what stuck with people. And that's okay. It apparently communicated something effectively, which is why I think it's probably better in its execution than it may seem from a surface level (ie. plot beats and pacing and the like), but for reasons we may not have the vocabulary to address as critics yet.
I don't know if there's a dissonance between logic and emotion in how we regard media so much as we expect both to satisfied in equal amounts--we expect the technical craft to support and convey the emotional content, and for the emotional content to give meaning to the craft. So yes, people get confused when they find themselves emotionally drawn to something that they don't know how to logically justify liking, just as they may get an empty feeling from work that's technically beautiful but has little emotional content; it's natural for such an imbalance to cause confusion and questioning of the work's overall merit, but certainly it still has merit to have inspired so many heartfelt reactions. I think you described exactly why Frozen resonates despite its shortcomings, and I agree that Elsa's portrayal was successful in what it communicated on an emotional level... The more I think about it, the more I do think her portrayal was consistent throughout, and I just wish she'd had more screentime.
I actually thought the movie was too heavy-handed in most of its explanations and messages (Hans's villain monologue, the repeated talk about true love and trying so hard to make us think it'd be Kristoff that I expected it to be someone else), but then there were the subtle but strikingly recognizable implications of Elsa's character that drew me back to it. I think what I really wanted was to see more of that, more scenes like Elsa's anxiety attack alone in the ice palace and fewer jokes about the snowman getting impaled or not having a brain. But perhaps it wouldn't have been so popular without the surface coating to mask the deeper themes. It definitely did communicate something effectively with Elsa, and deserves credit for portraying a character not often seen in children's movies.
(Also, I'm sorry people tried to convince you to dislike the movie. That kind of pressure to change your opinion just puts people off of things altogether. I was seeing a lot of bashing on the movie before it came out and shaming of people who wanted to see it on the basis of the character designs, which made me not want to talk about it at all prior to release. I was actually thrilled when it turned out to be such a success in spite of expectations, but felt a little left out about not being as excited about it as others were. I still really enjoy hearing people talk about what the movie meant to them, or about little kids loving it.)
Ah, I sort of agree. I did, in fact, enjoy the movie as I progressed. (Since I do enjoy Disney movies overall and many people are always excited before watching a movie). But when I analyzed the movie after I watched it, I thought "It was a good movie, but it's definitely not the best Disney movie ever." I loved the messages, but I felt the movie was too rushed, and the story was all over the place, And, I really like the texture to your drawing. It's refreshing to look at because the snow isn't everywhere and shiny.
Thank you, I'm glad you like the texture in it! I wanted it to have a bit of a graphic storybookish look.
I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had walked in not expecting anything, but because I loved Disney's last two 3D movies, I had really high expectations and that made it harder for me to focus on the positive things about the show. I'm highly engaged with the scenes with Elsa (watching all those ice structures lit up red and gold in her palace while she struggles against her inner demons, gorgeous), but I just wish she'd been more developed.