You might think this is some kind of Hunger Games rip off but it isn’t. Well yes, they both feature spunky redheads who run about shooting arrows, but really- Brave is almost nothing like the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a haunting, disturbing take on humanity, while Brave is a typical Disney feel-good movie with great visuals and insanely cute characters. It’s an ode to mothers that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside (and wishing you had little triplet brothers who turned into bears for a day).
Plot summary: Princess Merida likes “letting her hair flow in the wind as she rides through the glen firing arrows into the sunset”, but her mother, Queen Elinor, doesn’t approve. She wants her daughter to grow into a demure, elegant Queen (like her). Princess Merida gets annoyed and turns to a witch (disguised as a woodcarver) for help. The witch gives her a cake that will apparently ‘change her fate’ if she feeds it to her mother. The cake… wait for it… turns her mother into a bear. They have some mother-daughter bonding time while running from a bunch of axe-wielding men determined to prove their manliness. The witch conveniently disappears. (I guess there isn’t a seven-day return and refund policy.)
I learned lots of life lessons from Brave.
1) Never trust a woodcarver- he/she is most likely an evil witch.
2) Never eat cake. You never know if it’s spiked. I mean, better safe than sorry!
3) There’s no such thing as a free slice of cake. If it’s free, it’s probably spiked.
4) Never tear a tapestry if you don’t know how to sew.
5) Little brothers are better off as bear cubs. Seriously. Just look at this. I mean sure, the triplets were cute in human form, but as bears? Jeez. I should totally feed my brother some of those cake.
6) Love your mom, because you never know when she’s going to turn into a big hairy bear.
7) Love your mom even if she is a big hairy bear.
On a side note, what is up with Disney and bears? Remember “Brother Bear”? That guy turns into a bear, too. To be honest, I have no idea why the name of this movie is “Brave”. “Mother Bear” works better. Alright, to be fair, Brave isn’t only about bears and mother-daughter relationships- it’s also about well, bravery- the courage to seek freedom, confront your destiny, and take fate into your own hands.
This movie is hilarious and heartwarming. The characters are all extremely endearing (particularly the three triplets), the graphics are beautiful, and the plot has a perfect blend of funny and tender moments. It may not be a as good as say, the Toy Story or Lion King franchise, but it’s definitely well worth watching nevertheless. Plus, their accents alone are reason enough to spend $7 on a ticket. Kudos to Disney for yet another sweet, charming movie.
Princess Merida: If you had a chance to change your fate, would you?
King Fergus: The ancients spoke of it. It is the heart of this fierce land. it is carried in the wind. Born of our legends and when we are put to the test, it is the one thing that we must always be.
Princess Merida: I didn’t ask her to change you into a bear! I just asked her to change… you.
Princess Merida: I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Witch: Fate be changed, look inside. Mend the bond torn by pride.