I love Disney princess movies. I may be pushing 30, but I refuse to make any apologies about this love. When I'm sad, I throw on Beauty and the Beast; when I'm bored at work, I play my Pandora playlist that I've trained to only Disney princess movie songs (and a few from Wicked).
I. Love. Disney. Princess. Movies.
I say this because I want it clear where I'm coming from. The first time I was able to see Frozen was one of the best times I had in the theater. But since then, Frozen has really bothered me. It is 99% awesomeness, but that last 1% in the form of that final twist, Prince Hans's 180 into last-minute villain, really can kill my joy in watching what is otherwise a genuinely good Disney princess movie.
I get what they were going for, but it never seemed to add up. Hans is not evil. It's one thing for the characters to fool each other, but it's an entirely different thing for the characters to fool the audience, even on rewatches. At no point before his villain monologue does Hans do anything that could be a clue that he's actually the bad guy, so his turn has always really, really bugged me.
And then one of my favorite YouTube channels, Film Theory, made this video:
I will never watch Hans's turn to bad guy the same way again. Thank God, Frozen can now be 100% awesomeness.
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