Brave {aka, worst Disney princess ever}

July 10, 2012

Let me start off by saying I wasn’t looking forward to this movie when I first heard about it a year ago. I’m a sucker for romance so a princess without a prince seemed wrong to me. However, once the reviews came out {and seeing that it was the only kids movie playing} we decided to take all our kids to their very first movie in a theatre. We went on the fourth of July when all the parades were happening to lessen our effect on the other viewers. And thankfully the theatre wasn’t too packed. Still full, but not enough for me to take my son out when he decided that he too did not like the movie.

The previews were horrendous. The first preview was for Paranorman. An animated movie about a child that talks to dead people. The second preview was THE WORST! Started out with a voice over saying “I was raised Christian.” Ok, cool, I’m thinking this is like Soul Surfer. Yeah, not even close. It was a preview for the Katy Perry movie. Then a preview for an animated monster world movie. You get the idea. I pretty much sat there with eyes wide, jaw dropped and speaking loudly to my husband, “this is why we don’t go to the movies!” I also want to mention that it had been over five years since I had been to the theatre and my husband and I always joked that the first five minutes are just previews so if we’re late it’s ok. Boy has that changed. Literally, the first twenty seven minutes were previews {and bad ones at that}.

The main attraction began and, without giving away too much, the characters are completely unrelatable. An overbearing mother and a spoiled daughter. I’m all for girls learning all kinds of trades. No problem with that. It’s the whole feminist feeling of the movie that sickened me. I know this isn’t a Christian movie, far from it, but it flew in the face of everything I’m trying to teach my daughters.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,  that you may be blameless and innocent,children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life… Philippians 2:14-16

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.   Ephesians 6:1-4

I heard of a friend praying over her children before bed after they had watched Brave. If you are raising your children in a biblical household I strongly encourage you to turn away from this movie. Do not subject your children to the inevitable lessons taught. I even had nightmares because of Brave. And I’m not talking about all the scary bear scenes that are littered throughout.

Guess we’ll keep our eyes out for some better movies to make up for this theatre experience.



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