This is rattling round in my skull and the noise is keeping me awake, so:
i liked it ok, in an “eh” sort of way, but i think it could have been better.
Elsa/Anna & the hero’s journey:
so the thing about this is that Anna goes on the journey, Anna does all the learning/self discovery, but Elsa is the one who has to change in a serious way.
Yes, granted, i will give you that Anna learns to not fall in love with just anyone who comes along, but this isn’t a pivotal, lifechanging, momentous shift. Instead, the 180 perspective change happened for Elsa, the character that we spent maybe 1/4th of the movie with. I think either Anna needed a big change to her perspective to complete her character arc/journey, or we needed to spend way more time with Elsa. neither of these really work for the story though, so….
Proposal for a more fulfilling conclusion:
For the purposes of keeping Anna/Kristoff apart til the end, and making it an obvious true romantic love scenario, i’m going to tweak Anna, and have her start off as a tiny bit of a snob. She treats Kristoff shabbily at first, and as they go on their journey together, she gradually warms to him.
So pick up where Anna has ice in her heart, and Elsa has to learn to love.
When Hans does his confession, it breaks Anna’s heart. Her parents are dead, her sister rejects her, and now the guy she coulda/woulda’d with has betrayed her in the worst way. Her heart “turns to ice,” and with it, she gets the same ice powers Elsa has. Now Anna CAN’T feel, juxaposed to Elsa who WON’T feel. Role reversal and escalation.
The castle starts to freeze over and crumble thanks to Anna’s emerging powers. Anna escapes the castle by blowing the wall off. She is more powerful than Elsa.