Brave

Directors: Mark Andrew, Brenda Chapman, & Steve Purcell
Writers: Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrew, Steve Purcell, & Irene Mecchi
Running Time: 93 min
Plot: Merida is interested in riding horses and shooting her bow instead of learning to be a princess. Her mother, Queen Elinor, is trying to prepare her to be a princess and eventually a queen. It is decided that Merida will soon have to marry a son from one of her father’s allied clans. She does not think she is ready to do that. A contest is held to decide which one of the sons would marry her. She picks archery because it is her best sport. After the sons compete, she joins the competition and wins her own hand. After that happens, her mother takes her to her room and tells her she needs to apologize to avoid offending them. They fight and Merida ends up cut a tapestry her mother made  for her. Her mother throws Merida’s bow into the fire. Merida rides into the forest with her horse. While in the forest, she encounters a will-o-the-wisp that leads her to a witch’s cabin. She asks for a spell to change her fate. The witch makes her a spell and tells her to give it to her mother. She uses it on her mother and turns her into a bear. That is a problem because her father dislikes bears. A bear called Mor’du took her father’s leg years ago. She has to try to turn her mother back into a human before three days pass because her mother will stay a bear forever after that.
Review: Merida and Queen Elinor want what they think is best for Merida but they are not able to talk to each other. Merida acts like a typical teenager wanting her independence to be herself and not understanding why it seems like her mother is constantly criticizing her. Queen Elinor is often looking at the big picture of keeping peace in the kingdom and she is trying to tell Merida why this is important. What I liked about this movie is how Merida and Elinor start to relate to each other when Elinor is a bear. Merida has to show her mother how to survive in her new form. Elinor starts to see her daughter in a new way. Merida starts to assume some of her duties as a princess and realizes how her actions have affected her kingdom and her mother. It is different from many other movies that focus on princesses because this princess is not interested in romance. Instead, she is trying to fix the mistakes she has made and save her mother. This is one of the few fairy tales movies I have seen with a mother who is not dead.
Additional Info:
Main Characters:
Merida-Merida is a princess who is more interesting in being in the forest then being a princess. She is selfish like a typical teenager.
Queen Elinor-Queen Elinor is Merida’s mother. She is trying to train her in the way a princess should act. She wants her daughter and her kingdom to be safe.
King Fergus-King Fergus is Merida’s father. He likes that she is a tomboy.
The Witch-The Witch makes the spell that turns Elinor into a bear. She did warn Merida that her spells usually did not work out.
Maudie-Maudie is the maid that is tortured by Merida’s three brothers.

Hamish, Hubert and Harris-Merida’s three brothers who are triplets. They are very naughty.

Mor’du-Mor’du is the bear that took King Fergus’s leg. He lost it trying to keep Mor’du from harming Merida.

Theme:  Desire to escape, Growing up, Individual versus society,

Bibliographic Info:

Andrew , M. (Director), Chapman, B. (Director), & Purcell, S. (Director) (2012). Brave [DVD].

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