I’ve been longing to see Brave since we first started hearing about it, so I was there opening weekend all ready to be amazed. Having grown up on the princess movies, I have a special place in my heart for princess tales, but having, well, actually grown up, I have an intense longing to see strong female characters who don’t just wish for the one they love to find them. Brave did not disappoint me.
As much as I loved the setting (woot! woot! Scotland!) and having a kick-ass female protagonist, it was the story of the relationship between Merrida and her mother that really tickled my fancy. Mothers in Disney don’t generally live long, so to have a mother that was not only alive but was a part of the story and a foil for her daughter was TOTALLY AWESOME. It was like getting to see all these different aspects of women. Young women. Old women. Mothers. Daughters. Athletic women. Regal women. And when you get down to the very centre of the story it’s about how women can be many things. We can be strong and soft. We can participate in active things and also passive activities. We can get married or we can not.
For me, this movie was completely inspirational, and I love that young girls are growing up with Merida and her mother as role models. And to those who thought this movie had no good role models… Well, you can kiss my one quarter Scottish dock.