I never understand when people use the let it go sequence as a reason why frozen is a bad movie. yes, elsa makes a mistake. yes, elsa behaves selfishly. yes she abandons her kingdom and chooses isolation over her responsibilities. but that’s the point of the movie?? she was in a situation where she was repressing her powers because she didn’t know how to control them, and let it go is the moment where her fear snaps and everything she’s been holding back for years comes spilling out of her. her greatest fear (fear!!!) is hurting people. she reaches a point where she believes there’s nothing else her powers can do, so she runs. for dear life.
of course the moment when hurting people isn’t an option any longer, when she’s left alone to experience the extent of her powers is going to come as a huge relief! of course she’s going to experience elation and joy and delight!! but that’s not because she’s really relishing her act of abandonment. it’s because the thing that’s been pushing down on her her entire life is finally lifted. and you watch her experience the relief of reprieve from pain and fear. you can argue that it’s still selfish, but you can’t deny it’s a deeply human reaction for her to have. and anyway, the point of the movie is that she doesn’t stay there.
she doesn’t cling to isolation and selfishness. she doesn’t abandon her people forever. it takes some time but she comes back! she learns to harness her power for good, to control it so it doesn’t control her. she reintegrates herself with her people and lets her relationship with her sister be mended. she’s a little too broken to do it all by herself, but again. she doesn’t have to. she proves that her brokenness is not a permanent, impenetrable part of her and that with love and time she can become a good queen and a good sister, helping repair the damage that she did, (even though much of that damage was the natural result of the situation she was in and not all her fault.)
her story is one of healing and it’s beautiful and good.