I know. Elsa is not a princess.
Once we hit the second act of Frozen, Elsa makes it through the coronation ceremony and becomes a queen. She’s only a princess for the first 15 minutes of the movie.
She is not included on Disney’s official list of princesses, nor is her sister, Anna. As a queen, it’s likely she’ll never be inducted into that elitist group of
snobs young ladies. However, I still want to provide my opinion regarding this young ruler.
The movie is (very) loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Elsa is that title character. I’m sorry to say, we really don’t know much about Elsa beyond the fact that she has inexplicable powers.
My chief complaint with Frozen is that Elsa’s character just isn’t developed enough. However, just as one can feel bad for Anna, we can feel bad for Elsa as well. Actually, I think I’d feel worse for Elsa.
Her parents force her to shut herself off from her little sister and all other people. She’s forced to repress her abilities out of a sense of guilt over an accident that occurred when she was just a child. Instead of learning to develop and control her abilities, she holds them back. When she’s eventually forced to mingle with the people, she loses control. Really, she never had control in the first place.
Should You Date Her?
I want so badly to say yes.
First of all, she’s a queen. That’s gotta be worth more than the title of princess, right?
Second, she has a phenomenal singing voice. Perhaps that’s some bias on my part, because I might be a little in love with Idina Menzel. But that’s neither here nor there.
I said I want to say yes, but I just don’t think I can. She’s been a shut in for most of her life. That’s a sad life. I don’t think she had as difficult a time with being alone as her sister did.
I would argue that, unlike Anna, Elsa is more of an introvert. Maybe that’s why I want to say yes to dating her. I can identify with her. And I say that about her personality because she appears so uncomfortable around people after the coronation. Sure, part of that is a fear of losing control of her powers, but I think a bigger part could be that she’s just genuinely unsure of how to be with large crowds.
She runs away to the mountains. She sings about a kingdom of isolation while honing her skills. By the end of her big musical number, she seems to really be okay with being alone.
When Anna comes to bring her back home, she insists that she’s okay where she is and actually sounds happy about it. Let her be.
You know what? I’m gonna say yes anyway. It would be a pretty big deal if a powerful woman like that let someone in.
And let’s talk about those powers for a minute. It seems to me that a lot of this frustration could have been avoided if the king and queen had just sent Elsa to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. I mean, Disney owns Marvel. Sure, Fox still has the film rights to all the X-Men, but I’m sure they could have made this happen.
Her powers are unexplained. They only say she was born with them. To me, that says mutant. She could have become one of the X-Men. She could give Iceman a run for his money. After all, she not only creates ice and snow, she can bring it to life. And once she learned to fully control her abilities, she was able to make it disappear just as quickly. If her parents had not shut her off from the world, she could have learned much earlier in life how to control her power. Her people need never drink lukewarm soda again.
What did I say about the previous princesses?
- Snow White