This article about “Brave” takes a while to get going

but is worth skimming until it starts to get good. "If it weren’t already obvious, this isn’t a film that fetishizes courage in its ordinary sense." And this: The paradoxical “changeable fate” is probably a familiar fantasy to most parents. That it stumped me for as long as it did I attribute partly my lack of imagination and partly to the fact that I haven’t had to think about the archetypal patterns parenthood introduces. It’s a parent’s destiny to nurture a child at considerable expense and p … [Read more...]

Also yes, “The Bear and the Bow” would have been a better title

since the theme of Brave, which I saw last night, isn't actually bravery at all.The Good: It's so pretty! It's a gloriously pretty movie, and the grisaille scene where the girl and her horse wander through a fog-hung, thorn-infested woods was chillingly beautiful. The visual humor is also adorable, and visual language is used to convey character really well during the shapeshifting parts.I also loved the actual theme, which was the mother-daughter bond and its stresses. I haven't been … [Read more...]