|I'm working on it, Brave, I'm working on it|
1. It's not a very original story.
2. Pixar has done better
To address the first complaint, yes, this movie does have a more traditional plot. Without spoiling anything, it has the typical heros quest adventure with a splash of girl power, something we've been seeing a lot from in the latest attempts at princess movies. But this movie takes a traditional plot line and does it well, a feat that seems to allude movie makers on many an occasion. It shows a heroes quest of not only a young girl, but of a strong-willed character.
Now as far as the argument that this is not Pixar's best work, I will admit that it is not the best on paper, but that doesn't mean this flick still can't pull at even the crankiest of heart-strings. It's a movie about breaking tradition and finding your own way, a plot we see in many movies. Do you know why we see this a lot? Because it's relatable, especially for girls were the vast majority of our abilities comes from either breaking recent tradition or having ladies of the past do it for us. It's nice to see a movie with a female lead, named Merida, that isn't trying to get the guy or even save the guy. Yes, she is living in a world where she needs to get married whether she likes it or not and it does drive her early motivations, but as the story progresses it becomes like any story (with a male lead or not) about a PERSON trying to save the day. Gender has nothing to do with her motivations, it's just something that gives her different obstacles than that of a male lead.
I've been known for being a movie snob, especially when a movie provides a simple or overdone story, but I've been known to melt this all away for one reason: if the story invokes my emotions. I suddenly felt like that little girl I once was who dreamed of climbing mountains and fighting monsters. I could insert myself into this story with ease and become a part of it. This movie made me feel like I belonged, something many a disney movie didn't succeed at when I was a little hell-raiser. This is a story about a girl and her parents.
I think that's why I loved it so much.
Okay, not too get too personal, but I'm a young lady who knows (semi) what I want out of life. I've always wanted to be a mother because I grew-up with the kindest, sweetest mom in the world who is ALWAYS there for me. Do we sometimes have conflict? Of course! Do we at times drive each other crazy? Understatement. But my mom always been there for me. Brave hits me hard because it's really about parents trying to do what they think is best and learning to just let go and let their kids be. This movie made me feel that struggle that parent go through and how, despite all it's misery, it is worth it to see your kids grow up and be happy. Overall, this movie is a great tool for parents in developing strong relationships with their children. It reminded me of how lucky I am to have my parents with all their wisdom and understand it and made me think about how that's exactly the type of parent I want to be. So when people say this is just another princess movie, I guess that's why I get offended. It's a story about parenting cleverly wearing a princess costume. Mix in a little girl power amongst some crazy beautiful, Celtic scenery and you make this gal rather happy. Seriously though, this movie is worth it for the visuals alone, the beautiful lessons learned are an added bonus.
So don't go into this movie judging it because it wears a crown, go to it because you are a blank slat, ready to learn. You will be surprised.
Well, this has gone deeper down the rabbit hole than I intended! Haha! I hope you all didn't mind! Commence throwing only spoons and feathers if you are annoyed.
PS: The crazy little brothers are ADORABLE....and probably what my own demons would look like someday (help me....)