Posts tagged merida
Posts tagged merida
Winner of the Merida lookalikes contest. Couldn’t agree more!
This picture from Merida’s coronation is perfect.
Source: Inside the Magic
“The Big Four”
this makes me so happy
I HATE THIS SO MUCH. Sorry, but the narrative switch from Merida’s mother being a control freak who wants to sell her daughter to the highest bidder and is constantly policing her daughter’s every move, forcing her into a gender binary that Merida doesn’t fit with…to suddenly reframing all the bad treatment as ‘caring’, as ‘not giving up’ on Merida??? This is why I secretly hate this movie as much as I love it. Because the message is so fucked up. Classic gaslighting, and something so many parents actually do to their kids. Especially kids who don’t fit the gender stereotypes. Had they framed Merida’s mother as someone who herself is caught in society’s standards for women, and who finally learns to accept her daughter as who she is, then maybe it would have been okay. But Merida’s mother NEVER gets the kind of judgement that Merida gets. Merida comes out looking like a spoiled child who ripped her family apart. NO! That was control freak Eleanor who was trying to force her family into the perfect image that she saw rather than what was actually there. The mother comes out looking like the hero in the end, saving her daughter. When instead MERIDA should have been the hero, the one to buck tradition and refuse to conform to her mother’s limited notion of what a princess is. It just makes me so mad. And the idea that Merida had to compromise with Eleanor? No, just no. Had Merida’s character been a boy, like her brothers, there would have been no conflict at all…she would have been seen as a strong warrior leader who excelled in archery. There should have been no compromise. Merida was perfect just being herself the entire time.
If you want to watch a truly brilliant movie about a similar mother/daughter relationship that actually resolves the conflict in a satisfying way, go watch Whip It. And only watch Brave for the pretty visuals and perfect animation.
Okay, this is probably a battle I shouldn’t walk in on but… whatever.
“Had they framed Merida’s mother as someone who herself is caught in society’s standards for women, and who finally learns to accept her daughter as who she is…”
Uhhhh, she DID accept Merida for who she is at the end. Merida DID buck tradition. Merida didn’t want to get married and Elinor eventually realized that. At the end of the movie the three suitors all go home unwed, and happily at that.
“And the idea that Merida had to compromise with Eleanor? No, just no… There should have been no compromise. Merida was perfect just being herself the entire time.”
The whole movie was about Merida and Elinor’s relationship and how they learned to see eye to eye. Compromise was the name of the game. The excellent montage of their “conversation” towards the beginning was a great showing of how they both obviously love each other, but that there was an extreme lack of communication. It was both Merida and Elinor’s fault, and they both came out of the movie as better people in the end.
Brave is certainly not a perfect movie, but it sounds like you’re trying to frame Elinor as this uncaring mother, when all she wants is the best for her daughter.
also, Elinor wasn’t treating Merida the way she was (just) because she’s a woman (though the marriage thing was genderbased, definitely). she was preparing her for the responsibility of running the kingdom. her princess lessons weren’t just etiquette- she was studying government and history. she was learning public speaking and about the culture of her people. Elinor’s “control freak” nature was her trying to keep peace between the clans and hoping to prepare an heir to her crown that could do the same. Merida wasn’t even taking responsibility for her own actions until this scene. so yes, Merida grows and so does Elinor. Merida learns to have more forethought and wisdom behind her actions and to take responsibility for herself while Elinor learns that she cannot and should not force her daughter into the mold of tradition.
Brave is not a perfect movie, but i really enjoyed how they handled the mother/daughter relationship.
Merida: I’m not going to be like you!
Elinor: You’re acting like a child.
Merida: And you’re a beast! That’s what you are!
that moment at the end where Elinor throws the bow in the fire and a split second later breaks down asking herself what she’s done….god, i’ve felt that. that’s the worst feeling. it’s like you wake up from your own anger and just hate yourself and cry and oh god, it’s the worst feeling. that moment is why Elinor is my favorite character in the movie.
i loved it. absolutely and completely. i love that it was a fairy tale and i loved the characters and i loved the colors and settings and costumes and animation and i really enjoyed it. and i will admit that my cheeks were completely soaked with tears at the end of it, which i didn’t expect. but like, that’s me. i once cried at the end of The Little Mermaid.
anyway, i found it really enjoyable. i know it’s been getting some strangely mixed reviews, but i suspect those come from people that have some sort of construct in their heads about the types of stories Pixar should tell.
OH. and make sure to stay til the end past all the credits for a treat!
(and if any of my friends are planning a Merida cosplay you should tell me right now because Queen Elinor could totally be added to my cosplay list. DEM SLEEVES.)
quick repaint in photoshop to give her a less manic expression as well as trying to make her look more like her movie self. now….shall i do it in real life? XD
she has so much hair, but i’m thinking about repainting her face. (Taken with instagram)
guess where i went today! (Taken with instagram)