Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
I already knew I was going to really like if not love this movie. I mean, a red-headed princess? Bring it on! I love the short animation movie at the beginning too. It was absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming. La Luna, I believe it was called. I might be wrong. Anyway, the point is, I went in expecting to like the movie but not expecting to be surprised by it.
And I was. Oh so pleasantly surprised. While the conflicts that are a big part of this movie are not anything new, the way these conflicts are resolved are certainly different. The focus of the movie is also unconventional. If you go in expecting romance, you are bound to be disappointed because there is no romance at all. We have been conditioned to expect this trope in nearly all movies we watch and perhaps, people would like Brave a lot more if the romance was present but I feel that the romance would have taken away the time that was devoted to developing the primary conflict in the movie.
Let’s face it, mothers often get shafted in fairytales and movies concerning young adult/teen characters. They die or they are evil. This is perhaps the first animated movie that I have seen that does not go the conventional route. And I loved that. It was unexpected and heartwarming. I came home after watching it and hugged my mom.
The animation is absolutely gorgeous. Like so gorgeous you want to stop the movie and stare, so gorgeous you think it’s all real. The three little bears may have been my favourite part of the movie but it was the relationship between Medira and her mother that won my heart.
Let’s hope for a sequel.