Yeah, I know I reviewed “Frozen” back in December when I first saw it, but its soundtrack seems to have taken on a life of its own, now that the film has surpassed all expectations at the box office.
At the moment, it’s closing in on a billion dollars, which would make it the highest-grossing animated non-sequel of all time, overtaking “The Lion King“. I don’t expect it to overtake the current animated record set by Toy Story 3, but who knows.
After all, it’s about to get some promo at the Academy Awards in two weeks, where it is nominated for Best Animated Feature, and Best Original Song, with Idina Menzel performing on the night. The soundtrack CD has been on top of the American Billboard charts for some time too. I hope it wins, as it’s a superb song.
On the face of it, it’s a Disney princess singing about her feelings at finally moving past her oppressive childhood, but it’s more of a journey than that. It starts with a sad appraisal of her current position, wearily optimistic acceptance that the drama surrounding her is going to continue whether she cares or not. Deciding to move on, it quickly blooms into a uplifting song of empowerment and transformation, as she embraces what she had hidden for so long.
Of course this has resonated in other directions too, some describing it as a coming-out anthem. I totally get how that conclusion was reached, and could easily apply to anyone hiding parts of their life or personality in the position to just let it go.
The powerhouse behind this is of course Idina Menzel, originally known as the original Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked”, and Rachel’s estranged mother in “Glee”. Parallels with Elphaba’s “Defying Gravity” are clear, and is a similar triumph. I love this song, I hope it wins the Oscar, and while I’m at it, I think it’s criminal that Frozen’s “Do you want to build a snowman?” wasn’t nominated too!