“Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.” ~Merida
Brave is about a teenager struggling with finding her own way, her own destiny and her discovery of the true meaning of bravery. She must also find the balance of being who she wants to be and who she is.
Brave is Pixar Studio’s most daring feature to date. It has the first female protagonist, its first period piece in which historical references intersect with fantasy world, and its first epic adventure set in a natural human world.
Many people, young and old, will related to Merida. We all want to find ourselves and create our own way but we all have a place in our family. We are a part of something bigger and greater than we ever imaged and we have to fight to find the balance of the two.
Merida is not your typical princess. She is a tom boy in every way. She loves to ride her horse, run, let her hair blow free, and she loves archery. Yet, she is very much still a young lady. She wears her dresses; she can do all the things most girls can do. She just prefers to be her own person. I think that is a wonderful message to send to our girls. Be your own person, whether it’s a “girly girl” who enjoys make up, cooking, and sewing or a “tom boy” who likes to ride horses and play in the dirt. We need our kids to understand that it is ok to be different. We are made to be different and not form to the cookie cutter image. Merida shows us that its ok to be different as long as you are being true to yourself.
Also, these 3 little boys will become one of your favorite characters instantly. They remind me so much of my 2 boys. They are your typical boys, always into mischief but always ready to help out their sister!
I also love the fact that we have a female character, a princess no less, that is showing the world you do not need a man (a prince) to come fix the problem or you do not need one to be yourself, be happy and have a fun full life.
I love the history with this film as well. I learned something new about Scotland in just about every scene and story. This really peeked my curiosity of all things Scotland and I plan to research more about this amazing country and the culture that is rooted deep inside.
Brave is rated PG. There are some mild scenes of violence with the bear scenes. You will also see a few cute little baby bums in a scene as well. The level of violence is really going to depend on your children. You know what they can and cannot handle. I have a 9, 5, and 3 year old and I know the few “scary’ scenes with the bear will not bother them to the point they will not be able to sleep.
I think most kids who can handle the typical Disney/Pixar films will have no problem with Brave and I highly encourage you to take your whole family to see it this weekend. I know my kids are dying to go and I can not wait to share this amazing film with them!
Brave hits theaters today, June 22nd.
**Disclosure: I was sent to Los Angeles to a Disney/Pixar screening on Brave. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.