Without giving away the entire plot and the plot twist (oh yeah, there’s a twist that I didn’t see coming), I’ll give you the basic details. Merida’s a Scottish princess raised by her mother to become the perfect wife to an eligible suitor. However Merida, an insanely skilled archer on the level of Katniss Everdeen, does not plan on following through with any kind of wedding or worse — the subsequent marriage. She’s simply too busy living her life to commit to someone else’s.
So she does what every teen wishes she could do and finds a witch to fix her problem. Of course, outsourcing problems is never a good idea (just one of the many lessons) and she soon learns that simply communicating respectfully with her mother would have helped her to avoid the magical disaster that she finds herself in.
A movie that promotes healthy communication between mothers and daughters (that doesn’t have the word Ophelia in the title), well I never!
Just because she’s depicted as a brave young woman capable of leading her own life does not mean she’s a flawless character. In fact, I don’t know if I ever seen a more angsty teenager animated in quite this way before. She captures that horrible stage of childhood when you want so badly to be independent from your parents, but lack the actual skills to make it happen. As much as you root for her success, you hope she’ll learn her lesson. And she does. And it’s a heartwarming ending that makes me so incredibly excited to birth a child so I can go take her to see this.
But for practicality sake I’ll wait a few years before I act on this plan. And by then I’m sure the movie will have 6 sequels released in IMAX 4-D.