Why 'Let It Go' Is Such a Perfect Movie Song
Menzel was mostly still during “Let It Go,” by the songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, but in Frozen, Elsa, the queen who has a the ability to control snow and ice (and to transform things into those materials), sings it during a period of extraordinary activity. She marches up a mountain, runs up a bridge of her own design, and conjures up a palace for herself that rivals the one Dr. Manhattan spins for himself on Mars in Watchmen. She transforms her dress, spinning herself a cape of hoarfrost, and takes her hair down from its stiff updo. It’s a lovely marriage of music and action, and Elsa’s physical liberation is lovely to witness, especially after watching her fold in on herself to try to keep her power under control. Animation is beginning to catch up with live action in giving us girls who are physically powerful and who enjoy what their bodies can do, whether they’re hunting in Brave or building worlds in Frozen. “Let It Go” was a gorgeous expression of that idea.