Tori and I got to see Brave a couple of weeks ago at a sneak preview, and we LOVED IT.
LOVED IT. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT.
I’d been waiting for what felt like FOREVER for the movie to come out, since I first started seeing previews for it last year. It appeared in the previews to be a Disney movie with a great central character that is a girl. And even better? It appeared that her mother WAS ACTUALLY ALIVE.
I know, right?
The movie lived up to all my hopes. It turned out to be a different plot in many ways than I expected because (for once) everything wasn’t given away in the previews. It’s also not a musical, which was kind of nice, and it involved some of the most beautiful animation I’ve ever seen.
I wasn’t going to write a review about it, but in the last few days (the movie came out officially on Friday of last week) I’ve seen a bunch of various reviews that have complained about everything from objections to the magic in the movie ( I am trying to understand why a fairy tale with magic conflicts with Christianity, but I’m sorry, I simply don’t get it – no one thinks the magic is real, you know?) to complaints that the male characters are “thinly sketched badly behaved idiots” to which I say, WELCOME TO BEING THE GIRL AND HERE’S THE TINIEST FEMINIST VIOLIN PLAYING FOR YOU BOYS.
I haven’t seen enough reviews talking about what it’s like to take a six year old girl to see the movie, to see her light up inside as a result of seeing such a cool girl on the big screen or how she now wants to learn archery or how she wants to go fishing and learn to ride a horse.
I think those things are important – hell, CRITICAL. Having a brave, smart, accomplished young woman in a movie for my daughter to see is a joy. A brave, smart, accomplished young woman who also has a MOTHER is a joy. A RARE joy; in her lifetime, there have been TWO; Brave and The Secret of Arriety.
But this is the very first movie she’s seen that explores a complicated mother and daughter relationship, including taking a girl that is fairly spoiled and helping her learn to be empathetic of and respectful to her mother while her mother also learns to unbend and trust her daughter to know who she is.
And this is why I want you all to go see it. Because it was the #1 movie at the box office last weekend, and if we can continue to spend our money on this movie, THEY WILL MAKE MORE LIKE THIS.
I think that is important. And maybe next time the complaints about magic or silly male characters will be addressed. I don’t know. It’s a fucking CARTOON after all, someone has to be silly.
One last point: there is some violence and some scary parts (the movie reflects the reality of the time in which it’s set, which includes Celtic warring tribes, and there are some moments where Merida’s life is in danger). I would say this movie is right on par with How To Train Your Dragon in terms of scariness; I don’t think I would have taken a child under age four/five to see it, frankly. Hence the PG rating.
I’m going to post Tori’s video review below, but be aware that it includes spoilers. :)