First thoughts right after watching the Movie
It was SO not my choice to do them as the first couple, but it was what randomizer.com wanted. My thoughts regarding them is well-documented on this blog, but it has been over 2 years since I have watched this film, and my opinion might change somewhat. Honestly……. my thoughts has not changed regarding the two of them at all. I guess what shocked me the most is how little they really spend with one another, and I was expecting there to be more to discuss about, but…… nothing. Kristoff liking her was a bit contrived in itself, but Anna’s reciprocated feelings is only due to finding out that Hans is bad, and Kristoff isn’t as bad. So…. just because someone is as bad means that they are a good match? Kristoff likes her because of a costume she wore, and not for anything she says. Some will say that them being in a sub plot excuses it, but Esmeralda and Phoebus pulled it off fine, and it wasn’t as hammered in, regarding the “taking it slow” message.
The audience knows that Kristoff has seen Anna before they met as adults, but it is unclear whether he realized the child he saw is the girl he would come up to date with. Anna was unconscious, so she had no idea of her surroundings, much less a little boy that she would end up knowing in the future. Ultimately, nothing comes of this, though this may be how Kristoff becomes adopted by them, since he looked shocked and distant. What I also got from this is that during her conversation with Hans, she claims that she dreamed that she got kissed by a troll, so there may be some association in her memory somehow.
Years later, Anna and Kristoff officially meet when they both end up in a trading shop/sauna, as she follows the smoke of fire. She enters, with a big and angry man soon entering behind her. His first interaction with her is to move, so he can get carrots. Kristoff ends up complaining about his business being sabotaged with the constant snow and breeze, as he sells ice. Anna asks him about what is happening with the North Mountain (since he claimed he came from there), and he tells her to nicely shut it, so he can deal with the crook of a clerk.
They are on a sled, and he is complaining about her kicking her feet on top of the sled, which is establishing that she is a bit too relaxed and brash for his liking. This somehow ends up with Anna telling him that her proposal to Hans caused Elsa to freak out, and run away. Kristoff then reprimands her about getting engaged to someone she just met, and……. It just makes me roll eyes about them blatantly poking at themselves. He then goes on and on about whether she knows him or not, and she claims him that all that matters is true love. When wolves come to attack them, he refuses her help, claiming that her judgement is off. Does this really matter when your life is at stake? Anyways, the wolves almost eat him, but Anna ends up saving him, which he never thanks her for.
After his sled is destroyed, Anna walks off, knowing that he won’t want to help her anymore, which he admits to himself that he won’t. He then speaks for Sven, who is somehow trying to convince him to help her, and we all know how weird this is. Kristoff only goes out to help her, since she told him she would help him get a new sled, and refused for a long time because he has trust issues. We NEVER know WHY he ends up having trust issues; he just hates humans and everyone for some reason. If they elaborated on it a bit more, it could have been a bonding moment between the two of them, and it could have built some momentum for them to be a couple. Olaf joins them, and Kristoff wants to tell him about the fate of snowmen in summer, but Anna sternly tells him to knock it off with that bullcrap. We have seen enough of them to get a general grasp of interaction. The two have a weird sense of banter, which is due to his pessimism, and her optimism, but neither see it as comedic, and there is nothing to signify a romance or a relationship. I guess it gives them a contrast and a foil to one another, but that’s it. It’s been roughly 12 hours since they met, since they met in the evening, and at this point in the film, it is midday.
Anna gets struck in ice after a confrontation with her sister, causing her, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf to be kicked out by a huge monster. Kristoff realizes that her hair is turning white, and he takes her to his friends (who are an expert on romance) that he has continuously mentioned. He decides this, because he has seen them treat a little girl with a family…… There is no point in the film that he realizes that the two scenarios involve the same person. He runs into the ice castle to see Elsa (running to Anna after hearing her scream), and………. when he was a child, he saw a redhead girl get treated, with her white-haired sister in attendance as well. Kristoff asked Anna earlier about why the Queen went ballistic, so he heard of Elsa and them being royal. How does he not realize that they are the same people?
Kristoff asks her if she is okay, and he starts stuttering when she touches his hair…… So, is THIS where he starts to like her? I never knew someone getting struck in the heart is an inciting reason to grow a crush on someone. Kristoff takes her to the trolls, and everyone realizes that they are his family. Since there is a girl in presence, they congratulate him, and try to force them to get married, completely ignoring the fact that Anna is dying. She starts to stutter, so does she end up having a crush on Kristoff here as well?
At this point in the film, the ice has mostly been settled, but I don’t think I would call them friends. Before they got to Elsa’s, there was a lot of tension and annoyance between the two, and they kind of skip throughout the friendship with this awkward phase. The trolls tell them that the only thing to fix her heart (since it is too challenging for them) is an act of true love, so it is off to find Hans. Remember that Anna is clearly still into Hans, and she never has to debate about which man she likes, so she still feels nothing for Kristoff. The foursome rush to the castle, while Anna is freezing to death. They get there, and they glance at one another before they are separated, so……. they’ll miss one another? She could just miss him as a friend though. We all know about the Hans debacle, but regarding the article, the next event involves Olaf.
The snowman returns to the castle, and tells Anna that Kristoff loves her because he brought her back tot he castle, and wanted her to be safe; putting someone’s need before their own. In my opinion, that is just being a decent person. Sven and Kristoff are blatantly sad that they have to leave Anna behind, and the reindeer (not Kristoff interpreting for him, which is the first time in the film) tells him that they have to go back. All of a sudden, he whines about her being with her true love, and they see a bunch of fog surround the castle, so the both of them rush back. So THIS is now seen as an act of true love? Because she was TOLD that Kristoff MAY like her, it instantly means that SHE likes him as well? The only thing that we have seen that is ANY sort of hint is her giggling through Fixer Upper. Anna decides to leave, so she can go kiss Kristoff, with her ALL OF A SUDDEN liking him as much (or more) than she liked Hans. Anna sees Elsa about to be beheaded by Hans, and stops that from happening, while she turns into ice. It is morning, now, so it has approximately been a day and a half. Anna is only able to come back to life because of ELSA, so Kristoff kind of did nothing.
Everything is fixed, and Hans is defeated. While hugging Elsa, Anna gives Kristoff a welcoming and a somewhat flirty look, so……… this is due to her no longer having any option, and he looks good in comparison. We reach the epilogue, and the both of them are in normal summer clothes, and it is the afternoon of because the Duke of Weasletown is being escorted out of Arendelle. Anna rushes him though the town to show him the new sled she promised him, which causes him to be overtly excited, saying out loud that HE COULD KISS HER. Kristoff stumbles all over his words, and gives off nervous body language. She kisses him on the cheek before telling him that he can kiss her, which he obliges to.
I am actually kind of shocked with how little time they spend with one another. The two meet in the mid-point of the film, and most of their dialogue involved tension-filled banter between them before Anna’s life is at stake, and forced feelings erupt between the two of them. What I will say is that the two of them do talk about their lives, even though it involves him backing up Elsa and to kind of demean Anna in the process. Most of their conversations take place in the period when they are annoyed with one another, and barely break the ice between them. It is clear that a lot was happening in the film, and they wanted to wrap things up, but it became all too rushed and jumbled up. Definitely one of the weaker couples, and it’s even hard to claim that they were friends.
The next couple that randomizer.com chose for me is a Disney Renaissance couple, which will be posted on Sunday. I don’t know if I will post it in the afternoons, or the evenings (in Eastern North American time). Have a safe and fun New Years everyone.