Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.
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Paul & Kilby：
I like a good Disney film as much as the next guy, and I'm enough of a feminist to associate my female self with the word 'guy,' but I don't appreciate the obnoxious 'be true to yourself' message this film both does and does not send.
Pay attention to the end of the film. Our princess has striven against the restraints of her traditional parents and won, gets her own way, changes the tradition, and it's a happy ending, right? But in this world, only one kind of person gets to be true to herself. Her mother, who cared for and loved her, placed her interests first, even if wrongheadedly, and was unjustly damaged by her daughter only to be 'saved' by her daughter, doesn't stay true to herself. The message to little girls in the last scene, when mother and daughter are now both riding away tomboyishly, hair free in the wind, is that only wilful tomboys can be true to themselves. Dutiful matrons and demure maidens have no more place in our world. If you respect authorities, if you'd rather stay home, if you are naturally modest, YOU NEED TO CHANGE.
Which is a little sneaky, don't you think? If Disney really wanted to put across the message of following your heart, we should see the mother in the end return to her dignified, queenly role, continue ordering and providing for her family and supporting the king, while at the same time provisions are made for the rascally princess who'd rather
Undoubtedly and inequivocably the best 'Disney' 'princess' film ever. Why would anyone settle for a defenceless, day dreaming, impressionable prince-seeking 'princess' when you can have a brave, determined, strong, free spirit? Why can't we encourage more role models like this one instead of more 'girlie' old stereotypes that need a boy to be complete? The story, too, is far more complex and intricate than most typically Disney blockbuster. I find the mother/daughter dichotomy craftily constructed to make us think about how we relate to each other and the power of the mother to daughter bond.
This film is a solid entry for a pixar work because of the fact it's set in a completely different country to america, with different accents and cultures ensuring each new set piece feels authentic and more importantly original (in this respect at least). I for one can't remember any computer animated film set in the heart of Scotland and the movie benefits greatly from this decision.
My main gripe with this film is that i was expecting a kind of gung ho epic featuring wizardly archery skills and fast and frantic fight sequences. i was mistaken, for whilst it keys into the adult psychic with it's moral message and numerous ruminations on bravery, this is all told within a very definitive childlike framework. other pixar films such as toy story and the incredibles are similar to brave in this way, only where those films treated their audiences' with respect, brave seems a little shallow and all to ready to feed the audience with uninspiring plot turns and patronising storytelling.
brave is not the best pixar movie there's been and if anything it's a step in the wrong direction for me. though executed well, with an aforementioned original location, the main premise feels somewhat of an imitation copy of a by gone disney era SPOILER ALERT whereby humans are metamorphosing into animals (a bear in this case) and wart ridden witches prey on innocent princess'. my question, both to myself and any1 else who follows pixars