Brave is the kind of movie that boys AND girls are going to love, with a main character who is more tomboy than princess.
Merida is a cool, spunky gal not one bit enthused about the plan life has laid out for her. She sees it as her mother’s will blocking the way to her happiness and she comes up with a way to change her fate.
We were able to catch a sneak preview of the movie last week (special thanks to the PR company who included us) and I can say it was not at all what I was expecting. I have been waiting for Brave to be released since I saw the first preview more than six months ago. I loved the Scottish setting and the idea of a main character following her dreams that take her away from the traditional “girl meets prince and rides off into the sunset” theme. It’s so refreshing.
It’s exactly that part of the movie I liked best—the underlying theme that it’s ok to stand up for what YOU want in life sometimes. I will say, however, that my 6 year old daughter did not like the movie for exactly the same reason—she currently adores the idea of becoming a princess who wears beautiful gowns (and crowns and great shoes), and wanted this to be that kind of story.
Which brings us to the real message of the movie: that parents and children may disagree, and they should always communicate with each other, actually LISTENING to what the other person wants, and why.
It’s a great message, though the movie turns a bit dark and got a little scary for my daughter in certain parts. But the three brothers steal the show and keep you laughing. We both loved them.
I recommend the movie—even for teenagers– for its message about communicating, and for the spunky main character who I personally think will end up happier than any of the other “princesses”.