I couldn’t help but notice Elsa’s feet and body position here. Her whole weight was supported by Anna’s frozen body, her heels were almost in mid air. She doesn’t even bother to stand up or realign her position. She let her grief wash over her. Elsa is always graceful and always collected. And here, you can see just how broken and absolutely devastated she is. She gives no fucks whatsoever anymore because her whole world crashed and burned right before her eyes.
So for the first time in forever, she allows herself to break down. She holds nothing back. She mourns. She cries out. Suspended snowflakes and all. Fuck everything if her powers goes berserk or not because of the intensity of her emotions. She has no one left. She lost Anna and that was the end of everything for her.
This is the girl who slipped ONCE on her own ice and never allowed it to happen ever again. And here, you can just see everything slipping from her with no one to catch her if she falls.
Because all this time, Anna was the only one holding her together in one piece.
As made evident up to this moment, the two things in the world Elsa fears the most are losing Anna, and herself. More specifically, the damage her powers could do as per prophesied by Pabbie in her youth.
Before Elsa turns around, you’ll notice how exhausted she is. Her fear took over and took its toll. Her eyes are full of regret, saying, “I can’t believe I just said that. These are my problems, and they should stay that way. I can’t believe I just made them Anna’s too.” The way she blinks right before she turns is a sign she’s building the courage to. Elsa exhales slowly, preparing herself to face the only person she’s ever spilled her heart out to. The trouble is, her heart kind of sort of literally spilled into Anna’s in not the most heartwarming way. Ironically, it was the most heartchilling way possible.
Turning around, Elsa was as ready as she’d ever be to face Anna. What she forgot to prepare herself for was facing both of her fears in the same host. Losing Anna because of her powers— the first step she took closer to her sister in thirteen years being the only thing to blame.
You’d think, loving your sister as much as Elsa does, the older would run to the younger’s side to comfort her. Heck, Kristoff and Anna met not a day ago and he does just that. It’s instinct, but Elsa flinches, gasps, backs away, and closes her hands. Fear takes over as she silently asks, “Anna, what happened?” She backs away slowly, giving herself the time to think. Until she realizes: “I happened.” Which is why she closes her hands and pulls them in towards her chest. She’s relapsing. She felt thirteen years of fear in thirty seconds. More importantly, she felt. So much for being a daddy’s girl.
Had she concealed it, Anna would have left the castle with no more than a bitterness towards her. Not slowly starting to die because Elsa let herself feel.
Yet, despite everything, Anna, not once, ever blames Elsa for anything. Perhaps, that’s what hurts the most. They literally love each other so much…it hurts.
Okay haters, this is the look on her face when she saw Anna. LONGING. I mean, who would’ve thought Anna would come back for her after what happened? Elsa is genuinely surprised and touched and happy all at once right this moment. I’ve seen people write about how Elsa is a bitch and doesn’t care about Anna. WAIT, WHAT? ARE YOU SURE YOU WERE WATCHING “FROZEN” AND NOT SOMETHING ELSE? No one freaking dare tell me that this separation from Anna is something Elsa wanted 100% and she gives zero fucks about her sister after “Let It Go” and after promising herself that “I’m never going back, the past is in the past.” Because that “past” does not involve Anna. To Elsa, Anna is the present and the future and her actions were solely anchored by that. That’s why she left. To secure Anna a shot at living a life away from danger. Because she loves her. Because she loves her so much, she’s denying herself of everything just so Anna will be safe. She’s been doing that since she was nine years old.
“You belong in Arendelle…No, I belong here, Alone. Where I can be who I am without hurting anybody.”
"Please go back home, your life awaits. Go enjoy the sun and open up the gates.”
"I’m just trying to protect you.”
YOU. YOU. YOU. YOU’RE ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME. YOUR SAFETY ANNA. YOU BELONG IN ARENDELLE, YOU CAN RULE OUR KINGDOM BECAUSE I’M A MONSTER AND I WILL PUT EVERYONE AT RISK ESPECIALLY YOU. YOUR LIFE AWAITS. YOU HAVE SO MUCH IN STORE. I’M JUST TRYING TO PROTECT YOU. THIS IS ALL FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU.
THE WHOLE MOVIE IS ABOUT ELSA AND ANNA LOVING EACH OTHER SO FREAKING MUCH THAT THEY LITERALLY GAVE UP THEIR LIVES FOR EACH OTHER.
To those people who are bashing Elsa, I suggest you watch the movie again and apologize to your parents for being a disappointment. DISHONOR ON YOUR WHOLE FAMILY. DISHONOR ON YOU. DISHONOR ON YOUR COW.
Friendly reminder that Elsa had Arendelle’s banner carved in various places in her ice palace. On her door. On the walls.
And notice how Anna has Arendelle’s banner carved on her necklace. The necklace she wore during the coronation, when her and Elsa had a real conversation for the very first time in so long. Maybe Elsa had her home’s banner plastered on her ice palace because she remembered Anna’s smiling face and that Arendelle-carved necklace that she wore….when they talked, laughed, and smiled at each other after so many painful years of being isolated and separated from one another.
Maybe she wants this one single memory to follow her all the days of her life that’s why she had her home’s banner plastered all over her new palace, convinced that she’ll be alone forever.
But deep down, she knows she belongs in Arendelle no matter how much she tries to run away. She can run away from Arendelle all she wants, but one thing is for sure: Arendelle will always chase after her.