Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Only an act of true love

 can shatter a frozen heart...

Today, as a "big kid special time" (yes, when you are one of many, sometimes you share special times) we headed out for the 11 AM showing of Frozen. I have been planning to take them to the movies (since the last time I was there was to see The Aviator in 2005 - yikes) and see how they would fare. Turns out, quite well. This may be a new trend!

Since I know nothing about what movies are playing these days (and because I usually disagree with the MPAA ratings), I first consulted the Catholic News Service for their review. To my happy surprise, they rated it A-I, general patronage. This was a bit confusing since the film is actually rated PG but I suppose that is for the ugly/grouchy/mean ice monster in the middle. I'm sure we'll have some nightmares tonight but the rest of the movie was worth a bit of suspense.

It turns out that it's also "loosely" (I would agree) based on the story  The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, which we just happened to take out of the library last week! (it was on the Seton "classics for 3rd grade" list). How providential :0) We sat in the car (we were early for the movie) and read the book before heading in.

The movie steers away from the religious language of the book but still leans hard on the notion that love, true love, will cause us to act in a way that ignores our own interest in favor of another's well-being. That, of course, is an excellent theme to discuss with little siblings...also an excellent message for a mother to ponder. The only drawback, of course, is Disney's formula for killing off the parents in the first three minutes. I wish I could understand why they think that's necessary. It was one of the most troubling things for Blondie. Thankfully there is also the goofy snowman, Olaf, who will probably be the most memorable part of the show.
All in all, a good way to spend a Tuesday morning when all of our other obligations were unexpectedly cancelled. It was good for me to get the older ones out together to discuss things as well as just listen to them talk for a while.

I am blessed :0)



  1. I remember a Snow Queen movie that used to show on tv when I was little. I don't remember it at all, just that I liked it. If you have Netflix or Amazon Prime, you might want to look into it.

  2. okay now I know I am the last person in America to see this if MamaRoc went to see it! My kids went with their Nonno and I have YET to see it. I hear the music is delightful. Maybe I'll check out the Snow Queen first! thanks for mentioning that it's loosely based on the book!