Last night I took my nieces and nephews out to see this movie. My friends who saw it hated it. They said the plot was a typical cliche of a strong-willed young princess who refuses an arranged marriage and goes off to make mistakes, etc. etc., so I was expecting the movie to be really stupid. It wasn’t.
Granted, it is a kids movie so there are elements of it that would make an adult yawn, but it wasn’t bad. How do I know? Because my nieces and nephews loved it. They were sitting up on the edge of their seats the whole time.
Here’s the thing. Some movies, and books, are made for kids (Brave). Some for adults (Leaving Las Vegas). Some for female adults in their 30s and 40s (Fifty Shades). Some for female teenagers (Twilight). And so on. These are their target audiences. It is rare when we find a movie or book that is well loved by everyone (Harry Potter) but it happens. I think when people judge a movie or a book they need to take into consideration that they might not be part of that movie or book’s target audience.
Brave is a kids movie and I thought it was well done. The claim that it is cliche and unoriginal may be true to a certain degree, but what I noticed is that it is the first Disney princess story that does not involve romance. It is a story about a girl and her mother. I found that refreshing. Yes, I will admit that I cried at the end. I’m not too proud to say it. =o) I thought the story was touching and very untypical for Disney. Do I recommend it for kids? Yes, definitely, take your kids to go see it. They will love it.
Here are a couple videos to whet your appetite: