Movie Reviews

In Which I Talk Brave

Ever heard about a movie that you really wanted to see, but never got the chance? Well, that was me with Tangled, Frozen, and Brave up until last year. I’ve managed to watch Frozen and Tangled (Tangled is better than Frozen by the way 🙂 ) so Brave was next on my list to see.

I had the opportunity Wednesday when I stayed home from church sick.  I rented the movie from Amazon.

I want to talk about it, but I’m horrible at movie reviews. But I still want to talk about it.

So what’s Brave?

 

 

BRAVE

Merida has been trained by her mother her whole life to be a princess–something that Merida dosen’t like. She’d rather be out on her horse riding through the bonny glen, firing her bow and arrows.

Something her mother doesn’t like. Because Merida is a princess, and it’s high time she started acting like one.

Merida thinks her mother doesn’t understand her, and maybe even doesn’t like her.

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And then one day, the last straw falls.

Merida’s mother, Elinor, is going to marry Merida off to one of the kingdom’s lords. Whoever wins the archery contest, also wins Merida’s hand. 

Merida is having none of it.

She offends the other lords by sneeking onto the green, and competing in the games herself. When her mother confronts her in anger, throwing her bow into the fireplace, Merida slashes threw a tapestry depicting her family, yelling, “”You’re a beast! I’d rather die than be like you!”

She leaves in the castle in tears, and stumbles across will o’ the wisps, who lead her to a witch. In exchange for a spell, Merida gives the witch her necklace. “Change my mom,” Merida says. “That will change my fate.”

And when movie characters decide to take their fate in their own hands, things usually go wrong. And they do go wrong. The spell doesn’t do exactly what Merida was hoping for, she regrets what she did, and during the course of the movie, she tries to undo what she did.  With the usually danger, giggles, and tear-filled scenes that make a movie.

Negative elements: At one point in the movie, some men have to take off their pants, and we see their backsides. Another was the witch that Merida asks for a potion to help change her fate. There is no chanting, just the witch throwing everything together in a cauldron.  One of the female servants has some cleavage.

Merida has three younger brothers who run about unchecked and are not punished in anyway for misbehavior. At one point, one of her brothers takes a key from said lady’s cleavage. It is not shown, but it is implied.

Merida seems to be growing up in pre-Christian Scotland, where druidic influence is strong. A Stonehenge like circle is a present in the movie, though no incantations go on in the circle.

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Positive elements: Scottish accents, Scottish accents, and more Scottish accents.The animation is beautiful, and Scotland looks as real as it can be. Both Elinor and Merida change through the course of the movie. The movie shows that when you take away the hurt and differences, the mother-daughter relationship is a magic all it’s own. And it’s a beautiful story.

 

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Rating:  4/5

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And yes, I cried.

 

Sources:  1 2 3 4

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