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Is Frozen a Christian Movie?


Felix James Miller - published on 05/10/14 - updated on 06/08/17

At the film’s climax, Anna, knowing that in order to survive she needs “an act of true love,” must choose between “true love’s kiss,” which she believes will save her, and saving her sister’s life from the traitorous Hans. Anna runs to Elsa in order to save her from Hans’ murderous blade and turns to ice just as the knife reaches her. All believe Anna to be dead for a few moments (it is a Disney movie, after all), but, after her sister begins to cry over her, Anna begins to thaw. What saved her was not the result of romantic feelings, but of sacrificial love. Just as Christians believe that they must follow Christ by dying to self for the sake of others, Frozen shows that Anna survives only because of self-giving love. Moreover, Elsa grows to recognize that by responding to those around her with love, rather than self-isolation, she can control her powers, thereby becoming fully herself. For the Christian, a person is only fully himself and truly happy after opening himself up to Divine love and responding with love, and although Frozen makes no mention of the divine, I would argue that the love central to the plot is Christian.

Even though Frozen isn’t a “Christian” movie, it presents a vision of love that is harmonious with that of Christianity. The creators of the movie probably weren’t attempting to evangelize the world, but they still managed to communicate a truth about human love that Christianity teaches. St. Justin Martyr wrote in the second century, “All truth, wherever it is found, belongs to us as Christians.” While that may sound presumptuous to non-Christians, I don’t know if it is. Implicit in that quotation is the belief that truth is unified –that the world is fundamentally comprehensible. Christians believe that the unifying factor is Christ. He is the key that helps us understand suffering and human love. Whether people believe in the divinity of Christ or not, I think that they can see connections between truths, which can help them to recognize more truth.  Although I may not know why we like the movies we do, I believe that being exposed to the truths about love contained in Frozen helps open us up to more truth – whether you’re a Marxist, a feminist… Or even a Catholic.

Courtesy of Humane Pursuits

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