How many watched and liked Frozen? I’ll admit, I liked it too…and there’s still probably some good stuff to be gleaned from the themes – selfless love, redemption…
But I recently read the lyrics to its most famous song, “Let it Go”.
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation,
and it looks like I’m the Queen
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in;
Heaven knows I’ve triedDon’t let them in,
don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel,
don’t let them know
Well now they knowLet it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymoreLet it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care
what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anywayIt’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at allIt’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I’m free!Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry
Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage onMy power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back, the past is in the pastLet it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage onThe cold never bothered me anyway!
The bold font is my addition to highlight the little deception that lies at the heart of the song. So, while the “Let it go” lyric is beautiful and catchy, do you think after seeing the rotten core of the song that “letting it go” might be pushing the boundaries for something else? It sounds to me like this witch with power has found freedom in coming out from behind societal boundaries to be “who she is”. Regardless of consequences or morals, she’s going to be herself. It’s the deceptive little sermons that get buried in the plain sight that are sometimes the most evil.
If instead of a disney
princess witch singing these words, do you think the song would have caught on with all the little girls if this guy had been singing it in the movie? NOTE: Make sure your speakers aren’t turned up too loudly. 🙂
Thankfully, there is redemption from sin through Jesus. His grace is bigger than rebellion against Him.
I’m not going to defend the lyrics (since I agree with you), but perhaps I could offer a defense for the gospel themes of this movie. There are several powerful ones.
The song is well before the climax; Elsa’s letting-it-go is occurring while she creates her own little ice castle… a castle which I would argue represents her prison. Even worse than this (and to her surprise), she ends up freezing the whole country. In a real sense, our slavery to sin affects us and those around us whether we are aware of it or not. Ana, the clear Messiah figure, goes to Elsa, meeting her where she is (in her prison), wanting to call her back to her right place as Queen. In anger and frustration Elsa (unintentionally or not) delivers a mortal blow to her sister Ana, causing her eventual crucifixion. Elsa does not realize how enslaved she is: she lives alone in a castle of her own making. Everything is broken until Ana (despite seeing her future husband in the distance coming to her), uses her last breath to stand between Elsa and the enemy. In so doing, she dies. Yet, she is resurrected (magically?) and the kingdom and royal family are restored.
So sure, Let It Go isn’t how we should live; it’s the philosophy that furthers the downward trajectory Elsa was on. I may shed a tear during Frozen, but that’s because it whispers THE story. And to the degree that we know and feel the brokenness of our self-made castles, will be the degree to which we are aware and are moved by the love of the Rescuer.
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Excellent reply! It appears as if I should watch the movie again. 😦
It was my misconception that the movie revolved around the song since it was sung perpetually in our home for about 2 years. And in a way, this verifies your comments that sin is ubiquitous until God’s grace brings redemption.
Also, I like the video of the heavy metal guy singing Let It Go…I just don’t like the lyrics.
Wow never noticed that line before!