“Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore, let it go, let it go, Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand, and here I’ll stay, Let it go, let it go, the cold never bothered me anyway”
These are perfect lines to describe an attitude that is required to be happy in these modern times. These lines from an academy award winning song “Let it go” sung by one of the most renowned and talented singer/performers on Broadway, Idina Menzel. The movie Frozen, showcases this song as the turning point in the story. The song has a really interesting feel and rhythm to it and it charges you up as the notes go higher. My 6year old is all pumped up with energy when she sings along. But you will have to listen to it a number of times so that the music and sounds blur in front of the amazing lyrics penned by the Lopez duo for this Walt Disney production, that got them the academy award for the best original song and it is so well deserved.
In our lives we all have some magic in us. Something that makes us unique in comparison to the ones next to us. Some of us have the voice that soothes; some have the literary skills to weave magic with words. Some are blessed with the art to paint and sculpt and make this world a better place. Most of us, mortals, have acquired skills to work and survive but some of us have the inherent capacity to rise above the layers of the self-built social fabric and make a change in the world for the better. One thing that all of us have for sure in our lives are people who try to control us, who always try to tell you what has to be done, people who will judge you, mock you, un-empower you to make your decisions. They see your skill, your magic as a threat to their survival and the only way ahead for them is to push you back. Through Elsa’s character this aspect is well brought out by the lyricists,” Don’t let them in, don’t let them see; be the good girl you always had to be; Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know”. These are the things her parents and the society in whom the parents have faith keep telling the gifted Elsa. This movie, and this song in particular asks you to conquer those fears that hold you back, stand your ground and fight away from people who try to control you.
It rightly says, “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small; And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all”. Talking about creating some distance from your loved ones is interesting. In one of Gulzar’s non filmy poetry he writes how he wants his beloved to go a little far, so that he can see her better, so that the perspective changes and he can look at the bigger picture and see her positives rather than being too close all the time and having details blurred out and nit-picking her faults. Elsa, the protagonist (I would like to call her that, and thankfully the movie did not make a villain out of her by the time it got over), in Frozen has tremendous magical powers. But with her power comes the ability to cause harm too. Her parents and loved ones get influenced by the society and force her away. It’s this forced distance that she creates from her loved ones that allows her to realize her potential. At first it brings out the worst in her, but that eventually gets converted to her best.
The movie is an amazing story of how to identify, conquer and control your powers and how with “true love”, even the most destructive forces can be streamlined into achieving a positive outcome that is good for the society. It also tells you how to develop an instinct while identifying people around you so you can look at them objectively and identify their ulterior motives. The punch on the jaw of Hans in the end is worth celebrating. If you are reading this and you have a child in your house and you have not watched Frozen thoroughly and a number of times please make them get hooked onto it. It has the right values, to extract the good from the bad, to carve out the right from the wrong and to hold themselves in high regard no matter what the world thinks and says about them. Let them, “Let it go, don’t hold back”.
As I happily get ready to tick of one more year off my life, I hope that I am able to imbibe the morals and the attitude that this movie got in our family. Identify my strengths and use my powers to bring a smile on my face along with many others around me. I too, now strongly feel, it’s about time that I let it go and break free. “Cold never bothered me anyway”…..