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The Bold and the Brave



Brave, Pixar’s 13th feature film, is indeed rather brave. Yes, it strays from the romance focus; yes, it gives us a strong female lead; yes, it questions hetero-monogamous-marriage as the happy ending. But the real derring-do comes from the fact that it is woman-centered and focused on a mother-daughter relationship. Less overtly, it also supplies a witty visual onslaught of gender as performance, particularly via the body-swap portion of the narrative in which Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) acts out her uber-feminine ways in big bear drag.

The relationship between the rebellious Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), who is more interested in archery and horseback riding than in learning how to be a “proper lady,” and her very proper mother, the queen, captures the complexity of mother/daughter relationships and (mis)communication. Indeed, the film could serve as a companion text to Professor Deborah Tannen’s book You’re Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation.

Noting that the book was inspired by a reporter asking her, “What is it about mothers and daughters? … Why are our conversations so complicated, our relationships so fraught?” Tannen wrote:

There is a special intensity to the mother-daughter relationship because talk–particularly talk about personal topics–plays a larger and more complex role in girls’ and women’s social lives than in boys’ and men’s. For girls and women, talk is the glue that holds a relationship together–and the explosive that can blow it apart. That’s why you can think you’re having a perfectly amiable chat, then suddenly find yourself wounded by the shrapnel from an exploded conversation.

In the film, Merida and Elinor have many such explosive conversations, with Merida railing against her mother’s attempts to imprison her in the princess box via directives such as, “A princess does not chortle … rises early … above all a princess strives for perfection. … A princess does not raise her voice.” In these exchanges, Elinor comes off not only as an overbearing uber-critical mother, but also as a defender of the patriarchy. However, referring to Tannen again, who speaks of her own mother’s focus on marriage, “I think she was simply reflecting the world she had grown up in, where there was one and only one measure by which women were judged successful or pitiable: marriage.”



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To be honest, I loved Brave.

I don't think I've ever laughed harder on a Pixar movie. If one thing, I thought it was their funniest. The animation by far was their best, as well.

However, *SPOILER THAT YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW SINCE WE'RE ALL PIXAR FANS* when Elinor turned into a bear, it actually felt extremely random, even though I saw it coming. I saw it with a large group of friends and my family, and everyone was so confused when Elinor changed. And to be honest, I lost a little interest.

HOWEVER (to my however), when Fergus (sp? sorry) tried to kill the bear, I was supporting the idea. So thrilling and exciting and I was totally on board with it.

My theater was packed (and my group had to see on the seats close to the screen) - and the large majority were teens and adults. There were close to no children (funny story - my 4yr bro went, and he would ask questions aloud about the movie, and someone complained to the manager about him being "too loud" and "distrupting the movie" and he told my dad. At the end of the movie, some lady came up to my parents and rudely said, "Next time, you need to hire a babysitting and leave him home." WTC lady. It's a Pixar film). And for the record, my brothers (4 & 7) didn't really like it much, and my 12yr sister thought it'd be better than it was, so she wasn't a fan, but my 10yr sis liked it. But a lot of my friends liked it, and my parents loved it.

So I think adults liked it, but not kids. I would highly suggest it to people though. I'd consider seeing the film a 2nd time, it was that good.

...and the movie made me want to hug my mom.

Basically, the movie was amazing.
ADDITIONAL NOTE BECAUSE I FORGOT TO ADD IT ORIGINALLY -

So, the "villian" - Mor'du? Summin like that - didn't have a lot of time spent on him, and I really felt like the movie needed more of him and his backstory and stuff.
...and if they are 4 clans, with the 3 lords and Fergus as king, who desends from Mor'du (?)?

Also, the movie had more "sketchy" humor than any Pixar movie. I'm not someone who freaks, but it was alittle strange to see about a hundred grown men (animated) butts, and little boys', and have a little boy dive into a woman's boobs.

And to note, when I asked my 7yr bro if he liked the movie, the FIRST thing he said was, "I hated the naked part." and my 3yr bro said the same.

Okay. I think that's everything. Discuss? Anyone...?
Brave Pixar&rsquos 13th feature film is indeed rather brave Yes it strays from the romance focus yes