Usually I like the Pixar movies, so I found myself especially disappointed by Brave. FYI, this post contains spoilers.
It didn't start out badly. I liked that the character had hair that kind of looked like mine... I could relate to that part. The Scottish accents were cute. The Life of a Princess montage was fun.
But things went downhill after that.
The heroine, Merida, is a princess who has a free spirit, and is being forced to pick a husband against her will. She doesn't want to be in an arranged marriage and rebels against this idea. This is a pretty creative concept, which has never been done before. Except, of course, in every single Disney movie I've ever seen. I'm sick of it. At this point, it would be more creative to just have a princess who conforms and gets married.
Actually, I like that idea: the princess is looking forward to an arranged marriage, but she's so unattractive that none of the suitors will pick her. Disney, I'm looking at you. (They'll never do it. You can't merchandise ugly princesses.)
Anyway, Merida is so desperate to avoid marriage that she gets a spell that turns her mother into a bear. And somehow, being turned into a bear helps her mother to understand her better. Because whoever wrote this story was smoking a large amount of crack and it all made sense at the time.
What bothered me most was that Merida was acting like a spoiled brat, and her mother seemed really cool (for a queen) and loving. The reason for the arranged marriage was to avoid war. Not because her mother was just a bitch and wanted some grandkids. So turning her mom into a bear to make her into a better person was just... ridiculous. As ridiculous as it sounds. Seriously, if I were that mother, I would have been SO angry at Merida.
Also, the movie made my daughter cry. We were talking about it after, and she burst into tears and said, "I felt really sad when the mom was in trouble. I didn't like that movie."
Out of the mouths of babes...