Brave- A Movie Review
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Over the weekend I took my little cousins to see the new Disney Pixar movie Brave. I am a fan of all things Disney so I was excited to see the wild haired, red head with her bow and arrow flaunting the traditionalist views of her mother. Despite my little cousin causing constant disturbances throughout the movie, we had a great time!!
The movie Brave begins when Merida, a fiery young redhead, receives a bow and arrow from her father King Fergus for her birthday. Her mother Queen Elinor disapproves, but Merida begins target practice immediately. The family moment is interrupted when a monstrous bear dubbed Mor'du attacks the camp. King Fergus saves his family but loses his leg in the process. The story line fast forwards ten years or so and the family now live in a castle where King Fergus rules the clan. Merida is still shooting her bow, but Queen Elinor is attempting to turn her into the princess she should be.
When it is time for the three other clans to bring possible suitors to compete over Merida, she becomes furious and rides off into the forest. She stumbles upon an ancient shrine where she sees little blue lights called wisps. The wisps lead her to a witch. Merida begs the witch to give her a spell to change her fortunes. Merida returns home with a little cake that she feeds her mother.
Her mother begins to feel ill and proceeds to turn into a bear. Bears are the clans worst enemy so she is immediately in danger. Merida sneaks her out of the castle into the woods. The witch is gone but she's left a message for Merida stating that mending the broken bond will reverse the spell which of course will remain permanent after two days.
The next day Merida and the bear version of Queen Elinor bond in the forest as Merida teaches her mother how to hunt. That night Merida tries to sneak her mother back into the castle to retrieve a tapestry that Merida in her fury the day before had slashed in half. She thinks that mending the tapestry would break the spell. She finds that the clans in their anger over refusing to choose a husband have broken out into an all out brawl in the banquet hall. With the approval of her mother, Merida gives a compelling speech about the need to break from old traditions and make new ones. Then, Queen Elinor is spotted and King Fergus along with the other clans chase her into the forest where she is captured.
Right before they cut off her head, Merida appears with the mended tapestry and tries to convince everyone the bear is Queen Elinor. At that moment, Mor'du arrives on the scene. Queen Elinor and Mor'du fight as she attempts to save her family. Right after Mor'du dies, the sun begins to rise on day two. There is just enough pause to make it suspenseful and Queen Elinor turns back into a human.
Brave is your typical, run of the mill, predictable Disney movie. Nevertheless, I think you can never have enough strong female characters teaching children that you don't have to be what everyone else is telling you to be. I enjoyed it, and I know my little cousins enjoyed it even more. The Scottish, folk music was fun, and the animation lived up to Pixar's past works. Brave is a fun family film that can be enjoyed by all ages.