The scene in Brave where Elinor shames Merida for what’s on her plate and telling her she’ll get fat makes me cringe. I’m fat and my mother is tall and thin, and she berates me every time I go to make so much as a salad. I’ve had to hear my mom make fun of my weight most of my life. Let’s just say I can totally empathize with Merida.
On my first day of college, I put my headphones on and listened to Touch the Sky from Brave, as a reminder that yes, I will chase the wind and touch the sky too. But I failed college and ended up dropping out and now I’m doing nothing and I feel like I’ve let Merida down, because I didn’t touch the sky after all.
I have a Merida doll. Every time I argue with my mother, I watch Brave and put another braid in Merida’s hair. We argue a lot. But Brave makes it feel a bit better, that I’m not the first daughter to argue with their mother-even if my Merida doll has more braids than curls now.
Seeing scenes where a character is cruel to their mother, like in Gargoyles when Angela tells Demona she hates her, or in Brave when Merida tears the family tapestry Elinor was working on and says she’d rather be dead than be like her, made me feel bad about the times when I got into fights with my own mother.
I think one of the reasons I’ve always related to Merida is because finding romance was never part of her journey and she didn’t let that define her. As a 20 year old virgin who has always struggled in finding a partner, it makes me feel better to watch Brave and be reminded that finding a romantic partner isn’t the beginning or end of my journey in life.
The reaction to Merida’s accent and language gives me immense
glee yet infuriates me as a (west coast) Scot. Yes, she is speaking correctly.
It’s Scots. Yes, I can perfectly understand her. The bemusement, especially
from Americans is funny and annoying at the same time.
I don’t get why they cast an English voice actress for
Elinor in Brave. A ton of Scottish voices, and yet one English one. I know
people are going to wonder what the Hell I’m annoyed about, especially English
and American fans, but it pisses me off as a Scot that we get a Scottish movie
and STILL not an entirely Scottish cast [YES I know indigenous movies have it
entirely worse. This is a personal and petty gripe].
My sister had hair just like Merida’s before she started chemotherapy. Ever since she died this January, I can’t watch Brave anymore. It was my sister’s favorite movie, it inspired her to take up archery, overcome her fear of horses and learn Scots Gaelic, and now it’s an entire movie showing me someone I’ll never get back. I hope one day I’ll be able to watch it again, but it’s all too raw right now.