SHANNON: One of the advantages of going to a school that is located so close to and has so many ties to Hollywood is there are always opportunities to attend free preview screenings of big Hollywood films. This past Thursday, thanks to a fellow ambassador’s internship at Disney, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the film Frozen right here on campus. The film was easily one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. The story was funny, dramatic, exciting, and completely charming, and the animation was gorgeous. I could not have asked for a better study break!
VIJETA: I am so happy I got to watch a free preview screening of Frozen right here at USC. First of all, the film was ADORABLE and getting to watch it before it’s officially released made it even better. We watched the movie with a Film Symposium class on campus, meaning people are taking a class where they just get to watch movies (and hear guest speakers and write papers about the movies, but still —free movies!!). I am totally taking this class in the future. But for now, Frozen is SUCH a good movie. I’m definitely going to go watch it again with my friends. It combines all of the quintessential elements of a Disney movie, and I’m sure everyone who watches it will love it!
TING: Frozen represents a return to the nostalgic Disney magical legacy that raised my generation of twenty-something-year-olds. The stunning beauty of every scene is breathtaking. The music, per Disney tradition, remains sensational and makes you want to hop up and twirl around, belting at the top of your lungs. As I write this, I’m listening to Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” for the umpteenth time, and it loops on repeat. Every listen brings back flashes of the movie. Anyone watching the accompanying scene to the song will immediately recognize its uplifting power. This song reflects Frozen‘s most compelling message, which is also the exact feature that distinguishes it from its predecessors. Contrary to the belief instilled into our Disney-reared generation that the secret ingredient to a happily ever after is seeking “true love” with your Prince Charming, it’s now telling little princesses everywhere: “It’s time to see what you can do, to test the limits and break through.” (Yes, I’ve memorized the song lyrics.) Disney seems to finally liberate its young female audience from the traditional confines of happiness that can only result from being with a perfect man. By effectively widening the definition of “true love” to that very real and equally powerful love from family, Frozen proves that there’s more to happiness than that. Just as a man’s success is measured through his ability to perform in the workplace, his relationships with loved ones, and how he provides for his family, a woman’s success should be gauged with those same standards. A woman’s success is no longer dictated by her lifelong search for happiness through Prince Charming. While endearing and lovable, Disney princesses like Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, and Snow White may not reign as role models for little girls any longer if Disney continues on the path it began with Frozen. I didn’t think it possible, but if Disney keeps releasing movies like Frozen, I may become an even bigger fan than I was as a seven-year-old girl.