Did you see Frozen 2 yet, friends??? One of the best moments of 2019 was seeing the film rewrite the script for Happily Ever After! I got to write about what it means to see the love between sisters save the day and it’s my first piece for Parade magazine!
For some context, I was a huge fan of the first movie, which wasn’t like any Disney movie I’d ever seen. So going into Frozen 2, I had high hopes, especially in light of all the amazing trailers that had been released. Elsa using her powers to traverse a raging rapid?? I was totally here for that! But the movie blew all my expectations out of the water (pun intended!) in the best way possible! The plot! The music! Olaf! The portrayal of masculinity — a discussion of that is coming in a separate blog post because, naturally, I’ve got lots to say about that!
But back to Frozen 2. My editor asked if I could see the film before writing my piece and I love that my job involves going to see Frozen 2. But, really, what I love the most is that my mom went with me!! Perfect movie date!! We had such a great afternoon and guess what??? My mom liked the movie too, so it’s a double win, if you ask me!
Here’s an excerpt of the piece, and, yes, I did have help with it because Elsa is the perfect muse…
Frozen 2 may be action-packed and full of catchy tunes, but it was all the touching moments between Elsa and Anna that had me smiling and feeling grateful that I have a sister to support me, like these two characters do.
“What would I do without you?” Elsa asks at one point in the film. “You’ll always have me,” Anna says.
Those words are so similar to conversations I’ve had with Janelle, but I never really understood just how powerful they were until I saw the dialogue come to life onscreen. They’re simple words, sure, but this was the first time that a Disney movie helped me learn the value in love…sisterly love, specifically.
Here’s a movie, finally, that says, “Yes, there is more than romantic love. And, yes, those different kinds of love are just as worthwhile.”
I see so much of my sister and me in the movie and I’m so glad this generation has Elsa and Anna!! Thank you for such a moving portrayal of sisterhood…
You can read the full piece here and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s chat! And of course, feel free to share my essay on Facebook, Twitter or even your local refrigerator. If you share on Twitter, be sure to tag me @melissablake so I see your tweet and we can connect! I can’t wait to hear from you! Love you all… xoxo