Brave, the 2012 Disney/Pixar film, is, at least on the surface, a fairy tale for the modern age. There are some wonderful elements in it, like the fact that our Scottish heroine, Princess Merida, doesn’t rely on a man to save the day. Merida is an empowered young woman who wants to live her life on her terms, which is something that most viewers can relate to. There are also supernatural themes throughout the film, as magic runs amok in the world of Brave.
It’s the magic that most likely reels younger audiences in to the movie, but this is far from all that Brave has to offer. Adult audiences will also be struck by the mother-daughter relationship that is the heart and soul of the film. But that’s not the only element of Brave that will be noticed by adults. There is a lot going on in Brave and a lot to unpack, so let’s get started.
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