I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.
These are my favorite male supporting performances of the decade: (more…)
152. “Into the Unknown,” from Frozen II
It’s a bit of a weird mashup of a song. Those opening piano notes sound just like “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” but they’re clearly going for the “Let It Go” ballad with this. The first time I heard this song in the theater, I thought, “What a weird song structure,” with all the fits and stops. And I also couldn’t make out what she was saying in the chorus at all. Truly I did not know until I looked it up afterwards that she was saying “Into the Unknown.” I have no idea what I was hearing instead, but I truly did not know what it was supposed to be.
But also, this is definitely another Elsa ballad — that doubles as a metaphor for the inherent gayness within the character that Disney refuses to acknowledge (let’s not pretend like “Let It Go” isn’t one of the gay anthems of the 2010s) because backwards people will burn their stuffed Olafs if they did that. It’s not as good as “Let It Go” by any measurement, but it definitely is a stronger song than I gave it credit for the first time I heard it.