My Thoughts on How Frozen Should Have Ended
First off, I thought most of the “twists” were pretty predictable. Nice, sure, but predictable. Frozen is a movie about the sisters, not the romance, so it was kind of obvious that the big act true love was going to be one of them, and I really liked it.
The one I didn’t like was Hans’ face-heel turn. As soon as he mentioned his thirteen brothers and “finding a place of this own” I just sank into my seat and groaned. Nobody was surprised when he went on his diabolical monologue. I get that Disney feels the need to give their movies a physical villain, but I feel like that was the wrong move to make.
I think it would have been more interesting for him to have actually been a good guy who honestly thought he was in love with Anna and been genuinely surprised and hurt when his kiss didn’t work. I think Anna’s guilt over choosing Kristoff would have been more interesting than her doe-eyed shock over Hans’ betrayal, and Hans’ response to the rejection would have made his role feel much less cookie-cutter.
Those scenes with Elsa and Hans were very interesting too, and I might have liked to see more of that.
How I Would Have Changed Things, After “The Kiss”
- Hans kisses Anna, it has no effect
- Hans goes to Elsa to confront her about what she did to her sister, Elsa is properly shocked and upset
- The Duke of Weselton insights the people to kill Elsa, using Anna’s conditional as an excuse
- Hans helps Elsa to escape (perhaps with prompting from Anna, or maybe just because he knows that’s what she would want)
- Olaf finds Anna and does the whole “Kristoff loves you, oh look here he comes” bit
- Instead of Hans chasing down Elsa, its a group of soldiers chasing down Hans and Elsa
- Anna jumps in to save her sister at the last moment
- Elsa defrosts the town
- More or less the same wind up, except maybe with the addition of Hans being given some excuse to stay (although not an explicitly romantic Elsa/Hans ending, but maybe implied)
Long and short of it: there are other ways to eliminate a love triangle than by turning one side of it into a villain. It would be nice to see that you can get the signs wrong sometimes without it being because you were manipulated. As far as villains went, by splitting the “evil” between the Duke and Hans, neither felt like they really had much impact.