I watched Brave for the first time during the pandemic and loved it! I watched the movie with zero expectations and had no idea what the plot was about!
Unlike most Disney Princess movies, brave centers around the Mother-Daughter relationship and bond. Princess Merida is of age to be married, and her mother, Queen Elinor, is trying
to turn Merida into the ideal bride. Merida and her mother, of course, are bumping heads and fail to see the other’s point of view. After one dumb spell, Merida accidentally turns her mother into a bear, and we are taking on a life-changing adventure.
Although Queen Elinor can longer speak, while on the adventure to turn the Queen back to human, it is the first time they communicate to understand each other. A mother-daughter bond is precious and like no other, and Brave crystallizes that message. As a daughter, it made me step back and reevaluate what annoys me about my mother. At the end of the day, moms always want the best for their daughters, even if we don’t understand.
Like Merida, I am strong-willed and like to push my mother’s buttons, mainly because I want to challenge society’s rules. Much like I learned with maturity, Merida also learned that our mothers are the realest ones on our team. Sometimes we need to explain our perspective and stop assuming how our mothers will react.
Princess Merida has earned the #4 slot of my top 5 favorite Disney Princesses, and I hope they make a live-action! Even though each time I watch Brave, I have an irrational want for triplets.