I've seen a great deal of criticism praising the movie and quibbling with it. Brave is perhaps the most political children's movie to come out in years. Everybody has an opinion on whether it is properly feminist or not. (And I can certainly make some noises of disapproval there - four named female characters to eleven male?) But I loved how well it displayed two different aspects of femininity without dismissing either one.
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I loved the action-adventure take on the mother-daughter relationship. Brave was funny, beautiful, and moving. My favorite moment was when Merida parallels an act of her mother's earlier in the film, but not copying Elinor exactly because she's a very different person. They see the value in each other's world view. Brave doesn't make Merida or Elinor right. They both had something to learn on their journey. I thought it was a lovely message.
Brave is not Pixar's best, sadly. But Pixar's best is astronomical and Brave is certainly no Cars 2. It's a wonderful movie that will appeal younger and older viewers. And even if you think you won't like the mother-daughter story, see it for the soundtrack and the awesome bear fights.