I’m going to start by saying how much I loved Brave, even though the bear concept was weird. Merida is one of my favorite cartoon characters EVER. I think she is wonderful. She’s tough, smart and knows that she wants more out of life than what’s currently being offered. She’s certainly a great role model for any young woman.
Although Brave is a great film and Merida is an awesome character, it still has flaws. Overall, nothing really happens in Brave. We’re left with a dull resolution to a fight after all of this epic talk about changing your fate and doing things your own way. While I think Merida is probably the Disney Princess everyone should look up to, don’t forget these things:
That You Can Be A Tomboy...As Long As You're Pretty
Merida is a tomboy. She hates getting dressed up, loves being outside and active and doesn't want to do traditionally "princessy" things. Get it, girl. However, Merida, even though she's not a waif like the rest of the Disney Princesses, is still a total babe. It would have been nice to see a girl who wasn't so glamorous.
That You Have To Prove Yourself
Merida's zest for life and desire for something more just isn't enough. She has to prove herself to her family, her peers and even the mysterious magical creatures. Today, there's definitely a feeling of needing to prove yourself, but in actuality you don't have to. You do not owe anyone anything. You don't owe explanations, and you certainly don't have to jump through hoops to prove your talents or beliefs.
That Your Mom Is The Worst
We fight with our moms. That's what we do. But Merida's mom is so awful that she literally transforms her mom into a bear. Is Elinor harsh and pushy? Yes, even when she's a bear. They don't talk about their issues. The mother-daughter relationship is a tough one. You're going to fight with your mom, and you might not even like her. But believe it or not, your mom is looking out for you more than you think.
That You Have To Resort To Outrageous Methods To Get Things Done
You want to achieve something or make a change? You can't. Unless you have magic. Then you can do whatever you want. But if you don't have magic, you're screwed.
That You Can't Change Your Fate, Just Postpone It
There isn't really a resolution with the issue Merida had in the first place. She didn't want to get married right now. Okay, so she's not. But she will get married. She didn't change her fate, she just postponed it a little bit.
That You Can't Really Go Anywhere
Merida had this idea that she wanted to change her fate and be her own person and go do things. But she just had a fight with her mom, resolved it, and that was that. She's just going to chill in Scotland forever.
That You're Stuck In Your Role No Matter What
So Merida isn't getting married right now. But she's still a princess and is stuck doing princess things, which is the opposite of what she wanted to achieve.
What do you think about Brave? Can you think of anything else wrong with the movie? Tell us in the comments!