Monday, December 2, 2019

Frozen II Review

(Guest Post by Ryan)

Frozen II was recently released, and it tells an incredible story with beautiful music, earnest acting, and elegant animation. What a fitting sophomore story for such a behemoth of a success six years ago. Though a review could be written of the entire movie, I wanted to focus on one very moving scene that happens toward the mid-ending of the film. Though the scene is described in detail below, no major plot points are given away in the description. However, if you’re sensitive to these kinds of things, this is your official spoiler warning.

Elsa encounters Nokk, the water spirit who guards the sea to Elsa’s destination. The guardian takes the form of a horse made of water, as eerily seen in early trailers. The horse appears as a creepy, forbidding character, and Elsa is shocked, but undeterred. She pressed forward. The two engage in an epic battle: the horse is unrelenting, Elsa is determined. The horse jumps, kicks, and blocks. Elsa defends, parries, and counters. The battle continues with both entities using their epic powers: the water horse splashes, Elsa freezes, the horse drags Elsa to the depths of the ocean, Elsa fights back. Finally, Elsa creates a reign for the horse, and barely, just barely, defeats the guardian. She mounts the horse, tames him, and uses the horse to continue on her journey. In fact, the horse becomes an ally to Elsa for the rest of the film.

Our mortal lives are filled with challenges and obstacles and things that can potentially make us feel weak. Difficulties that leave us in the lurch. Conflicts that hurt. Trials that test us, try us, and stretch us beyond what we think we’re capable of. But God doesn’t test us beyond what we are capable of. We can stretch. We can grow. We can turn our challenges into strengths that will actually help us in mortality. We can rein in and tame our struggles, and actually use the lessons we learn to become strengths that we draw upon in the future.

“If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” (Ether 12:27)