So... yeah.... don't stone me. I've been thinking a lot about the overwhelming success of Frozen. It's now the highest grossing animated film of all time, we've all reached Let It Go overload, and the marketing train just will not stop.
I actually really enjoyed Frozen. A lot more than I expected to. The subversion of the Love At First Sight trope was frankly, pretty fucking brilliant, and it remains my favourite part of the movie. The movie was pretty good and I remember feeling my heart swell along with the opening numbers, and my girl crush on Kristen Bell has only deepened.
Frozen is structurally just not that great a movie. And I don't mean that no one should like it, after all I loved it, but I'm surprised that it's gotten this popular. There is no way that you can tell me that Frozen is a better movie than Toy Story 3. It's just not true. (Toy Story is superior IN EVERY WAY!) Not to mention, the music doesn't come anywhere close to Golden Age of Disney awesome, with Let It Go being the only real standout. And as I saw pointed out on twitter, Lilo and Stitch is a Disney movie about sisters that actually focuses on the familial relationship without romantic subplot distractions.
I don't think Frozen shouldn't be doing well by the way. I think that even if the movie is bad, the fact that it's done this well shows there's a demand for more stories about girls and women and that can only be a good thing. I just think it's maybe getting a little overpraised, and it's financial success (and Oscar win!) is feeding into that in way that's making it difficult to criticize.
ETA: I did think this was positively adorable though: