Brave: Sierra explains why we disagree

Sierra just wrote a brilliant post explaining why we came to different conclusions about the movie Brave. (Read her review here and mine here.) I think she’s completely hit the nail on the head (as usual!):

I came away from watching Pixar’s Brave last Friday feeling a little let down by the high expectations I had after Tangled, but otherwise impressed. I was excited to see a film about a mother and daughter actually doing things together. In contrast, Libby Anne was worried about Merida’s willingness to give up her own dreams for her mother, and the one-sided message from the witch that put the burden of reconciliation on Merida alone.

I take her points to heart. If the writers intended to tell a story about the importance of putting your family’s approval above your own dreams, that’s a problematic message. I didn’t interpret it that way, but I can definitely see how Libby Anne could. The difference in emphasis that we each took away from the movie probably reflects our own present family situations post-fundamentalism.

My mother and I have reconciled. Libby Anne and hers have not.

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • jemand

    and here’s yet ANOTHER take: http://animated-discussions.blogspot.com/2012/06/brave-princesses-avatars-in.html

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, and I doubt I would agree with that perspective, but I imagine for a very feminine, yet feminist mother, that’s the perspective that she might have. I mean, our culture has reams of pretty misogynistic criticism of mothers, too, and perhaps in some way this could be seen as piling on that, as well.


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