I like how this fairy tale emphasized the mother/daughter bond rather than have a romantic love theme as is usually the norm.
I also thought that the story was well thought out, witty and touching. The voice cast was phenomenal as well. Emma Thompson was awesome as the queen, and Kelly Macdonald was great as the feisty heroine Merida.
This was the second time I've seen both Kelly and Emma in a movie together, and I liked them in Nanny McPhee (2005) as well.
It was also nice to see Harry Potter movie stars like Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson star in this Pixar film together as well.
Who else saw this movie? Feel free to share your thoughts in this thread.
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Apart from the mother/daughter relationship being the theme, I think what I loved most was that Merida's rebelious and tomboyish behavior is clearly not presented as what made her heroic, but rather her maturing and taking responsibility for her actions. Sadly, too many people seem to think only a tomboy could be a strong female character, and sadly some people do present Merida as a strong character for that reason rather than her actual development as a person, but I was glad it was her love for her mother and learning to appreciate her that was stressed, rather than her mother being the only one needing to learn a lesson about letting a girl be free to be herself.
Merida's brothers provided some great comedy gags, I loved the part they are only willing to help Merida in exchange for her desserts. It was so funny. I also like the part the witch leaves potions as an answering service. Nice touch of modern life humor in a Medival setting. Made me think of Gummi Bears.
The backstory of Mord'u and his end were certainly original. It's the first time we meet the villan of the movie after he's already punished for his worst actions.
Post by writerwriting on Feb 25, 2018 10:01:27 GMT -8
Agree. I've become tired of the you have to be this kind of female to be considered strong in the movie world. It's as bad as you have to be a quiet, obliging female to be a lady once was. There are different kinds of strengths. I love the character development Merida experienced and also liked the focus on mother/daughter. Thought the Scottish setting was great. I like that once again they've chosen a place over just a fairy-tale world. Might or might not decide to watch it again in the future but definitely enjoyed my first watching.
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