{Movie Review} Disney's Brave

"if you had the chance to change your fate, Would ya?"....

With a headliner quote like that...Disney sure had my attention! Although, I was a fraction hesitant about viewing this film with the kids, as we had heard many rumors of "Brave" being scary and lackluster. We are a family who listens to what people have to say and respect it, but decide for ourselves what the verdict will be when it comes to many things. Everyone interprets things so differently. You really need to find things out for yourself. Some children scare easily, some of the things one parent deems inappropriate...another does not. It is all dependant on ones level of tolerance. My children are not scared easily and are very laid back. Afterall they loved Harry Potter fairly young, when several other parents thought I was crazy to let them read and watch. But they picked up the book and interest all on their own just before their 5th birthday and I just went with it....I also did not want to be the parent who sheltered and sugar coated real life...I tend to be honest and straight forward as a parent...and give only the details I am asked for in a way they will understand.

Read through for the storyline...and what we truly thought of the movie...from a family of 4...and the opinions of "real' children ages 8 and 7. :)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Rated PG - for some scary action and rude humor

Our Interpretation:

Brave tells the story of Princess Merida, a young and fearless red headed girl from scotland. Her love of life casts a spell on you from the very beginning in the midst of the gorgeous and lush Scottish landscape. What she does not prepare for is that her parents (more so her Mother) have an arranged marriage in store, which she is not ready for (or maybe never). They expect her to marry whichever Scottish clan representative wins her hand in a competition of Merida's choosing. The princess becomes horrified at the prospect of marriage and seeks to change her fate by changing her Mother's mind. From that moment everything goes a little off kilter and a series of unfortunate events follow. Her life lessons and humorous situations are plentiful (and of course being Disney...there is a witch involved). What ensues is a beautiful story about fate, family bond, and ultimately Love and sacrifice.

I will leave the storyline at that...or it will become a spoiler. 

I related to the story immediately being of Scottish decent and having visited Scotland. :) I loved the idea of life and fate, as many of you know if you are reading this blog about life and Serendipity :) This movie is NOT scary in my opinion for a 7 and 8 year old. Both of my children loved it and were sitting at the edge of their seats the entire time. We watched in 3D (there were not alot of 3D wow factors...but we are not big fans of 3D). I will be honest on the scary factor...there are some knives thrown, but it is to be expected in a movie with an ancient Scottish theme. The clans had a "How to train your dragon feel"... so if you have seen that movie you can imagine what to expect. I think this movie is fine for the 5 and up set. A 4 year old may find the scene where Merida enters the dark woods and finds the witch a little bit much and perhaps 2 other scenes about a bear (I can't say. ;) ). Other than that...it's a keeper! We laughed, we related to the character, we cried at the end!

This movie is visually stunning! We loved the heroin and her independent...I don't need a prince charming attitude! It was bold, sassy and full of lessons and morals. Bravo Disney!  Our 7 year old daughter said it was her new favorite because Merida is so brave. Our son even loved the movie despite it's dominant Girl (princess) character and said he could not wait for the DVD!

One of my favorite parts of the movie was the very last part...when Merida says: “Our fate lives within us…you only have to be brave enough to see it"....isn't that the truth?! We can never accomplish or change anything in our lives if we do the same thing day in and day out...we must find what we love from within, read the signs, be BRAVE and make our own destiny!



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