We went to see Brave today. Yup, we are adults. Nope, no small kids. Seriously, we just love these movies. I have been looking forward to this one for months and months. The number one appeal for me was that it is set in Scotland. We both have tons of ancestry from Scotland. I was so excited that the bulk of the cast are Scottish.
For the last few weeks, the blog world has been alive with talk of the movie. Across the board, most of the bloggers responded very positive to the movie and the story line.
We have a female protagonist. She is strong and independent. Both her parents are alive. That is unheard of in this genre. No dead mother, no evil step-mother, and no “ugly” step sisters. Best of all, there is no prince waiting in the wings.
The movie was visually gorgeous. The music was fantastic. The characters were rich, dynamic, and well rounded. There is humor, tension, and adventure. It is about the old ways and the new ways. Tradition vs. “modern”. This IS a movie about a mother and a daughter but ultimately, it is about listening. Truly listening, not with ears, but with heart and soul.
I loved every single second of this movie. I loved the scenery, the characters, the accents, and the music. But, the best part was the message. It is one that will stick with me for a long time.
There would be less conflict between mother and daughter, husband and wife, neighbor and neighbor, country and country if we took a moment: stopped and heard what the other person is saying….. This is not about right vs. wrong. Appreciating another person’s thoughts, beliefs, or ideas is not about losing your own. Open your heart, really and truly listen: the life that changes may be your own.