The new Disney Pixar film, “Brave” was released last weekend. The previews caused me to wonder if it had a feminist agenda and too much teenage rebellion. But the main character’s red hair and the Scottish accents made me decide to at least preview it. And I liked it.
We will let our kids see it, but we probably won’t buy it when it comes out on DVD. Before I give you my pros and cons I want to be clear that I don’t think my standards should be everyone else’s standards. I just think everyone should have standards.
1. My very favorite thing about this movie is that it revolves around a nuclear family. Dad, Mom, siblings. The parents love each other. The dad isn’t an idiot. The brothers, while wild and out of control, are sweet. It’s hard to find a hit animated movie with 2 parents and a loving family.
2. The end…without spoiling anything I will say that lessons are learned and hearts change.
3. The scenery is amazing. I am amazed at how these gifted animators make a cartoon landscape look so gorgeous.
4. The hair. I know it sounds crazy, but that mane of red hair was mesmerizing. For me it was especially sweet because Grace’s hair is like that. (in brown, of course). Plus because Jacob does CGI I know how hard it is to do animated hair. I couldn’t stop being captivated by it.
5. The story was different. Lots of unexpected situations and sweet little moments that kept my attention despite the child behind me that kept talking loudly and kicking my seat (parents, please teach your children to be quiet during a movie…even at home….that way they will know how to do it when they’re out)
6. The men. This reason might seem a bit odd, but I loved how the men were men. They fought and spit and had wars. They defended their women and tussled on the ground and I thought it was great. Plus it was really funny.
1. Teenage rebellion. It’s extreme. The main character is very hateful to her mother. However, it does turn into a lesson. I wouldn’t let my kids watch it over and over, but we’d see it once or twice.
2. Witchcraft. It doesn’t bother us, but if you are opposed to your children seeing witchcraft or sorcery you don’t want to see this film.
3. Cleavage. It’s the number one reason we won’t be buying this film. It’s only with one character, but it’s all throughout the film and very noticeable. We don’t let our boys see any movies that have cleavage. And you know, I wonder about this. Why is it necessary to show so much skin in a children’s movie? OK, I wonder why it’s necessary in any movie, but especially one made for children.
4. Potty humor. There are a couple of times that are a bit crude. Once a guy moons someone (you only see it from the front) and another time a long row of men are walking with no pants on and you see them from the rear….and you do see their rears.
5. Scary scenes. There are a couple of scenes with a bear that might be scary for younger kids. I didn’t think they took it too far and it wouldn’t bother my kids at all. But it’s worth mentioning.
All in all it was sweet and funny. The character were cute, the story was interesting and the animation was amazing.
If you’ve seen it I’d love to hear your thoughts.