I finally convinced my teenage son to go to the movie Brave with
me (my husband doesn't go to animated movies!). And, frankly, I was
disappointed. It makes sense to me now why it's not a Disney
I think there are some things we can learn from the movie for
What Not to Do...
1. The plot was thin. Thank God that the
narrative of the Bible is full of twists and turns and conflict
that keeps kids interested. We need to ensure we don't flatten it
out, though. It'll lose interest.
2. It lacked humor. It's true--you have to make
'em laugh and make 'em cry. This movie lacked genuine kid humor.
How are you ensuring that kids laugh in your ministry?
3. It was inappropriate at times. Naked adult
bottoms, violent fight scenes, and a bear crushed graphically all
say to me that this wasn't appropriate for kids. Let's be honest,
the Bible is R-rated at times. How do we expose kids to God's
Word--even when it's unseemly? If you wonder this, check out an
article we did recently in Children's Ministry Magazine--"The Bible Uncensored."
It'll make you think!
4. The music wasn't that great. 'Nuff said.
What to Do...
1. Merida is a strong female. I get tired of
the girly princesses from Disney. I like that they showed a "cool"
girl who loves being active and sporty. In the same way, we can
help children of all kinds see that they have value.
2. There are consequences for actions. Merida
makes a choice that almost costs her dearly.
Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts?