Mama Reads
Brave — Movie Review
Categories: Movies

{Spoilers Ahead}

I liked this movie.  It takes place in a land dear to my heart (due to reading Outlander a time, or two, or 10).  And I loved our fiery tomboy princess protagonist.  I loved that it wasn’t about going to the ball, or falling in love with the prince (although the conflict is still centered around the idea of marriage).    I loved that Merida leapt right back into the fray to protect her mother.   And I loved, loved that “MamaBear” is the one who took care of business!  🙂   I’ve seen a lot of reviews that said Brave wasn’t as good as some other Pixar movies, to which I respond “it is not a competition.”

Scary Factor:  This movie is rated PG and if you have small children under the age of say 8, then you should pay attention to that rating and evaluate your child before attending.  It seems all Disney movies have a scary factor (think Maleficent or the voodoo ghosts)  but this one is fairly intense with the added factor of being “real”.  (Bears are not just make-believe).  My daughter found it a little scary but just enough to enjoy it,  while my friend Carrie’s daughter over at Amazing Grace & a Safe Haven found it much too intense.  (Read her review)

What the story is really about:  Mothers & daughters.  On the surface, it would seem the story is about how Merida is brave by climbing mountains and facing bears,   but the heart of the story is  the relationship between mothers and daughters.  Sometimes mothers really do know what they are talking about.  Duty can be a courageous and honorable thing.  Change is hard and sometimes we must take our fate into our own hands.

I hope we start seeing more fabulous heroines for our daughters that show them life is so much more than meeting your prince.  I hope my girl who loves dresses but refuses to comb her hair, who loves to prep for her “parties”, who crashes at the pump park and says it was totally worth it, who loves bugs and her menagerie of stuffed animals, who wants to be a doctor, a famous skier, a pastry chef and a teacher, will always have the courage to face whatever life has to offer.

I leave you with several quotes that could have been inspiration for this movie……

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” – ee cummings

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

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