SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT I went to see Disney's new movie, BRAVE. I really looked forward to this movie...but knew NOTHING about it before I went in. As I am watching it, I was surprised by the story line...and something seemed unsettling. But I wasn't sure what it was that was bothering me. Just now it hit me. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that the story revolves around the complications following a daughter's near poisoning of her mother...and then later - due to neglect, her brothers... because she disagrees with her mom's directions/instructions? The more I think about it...the more this bothers me. Merida is being called a "girl-hero" by Disney and the media. Really? My daughter and I recently had a discussion about the musical, INTO THE WOODS. The story of the musical revolves around common fairy tales and the consequences of things that happen in them. My daughter's point of view was that JACK (in the Beanstalk) was the cause of all the problems and deaths in the show. She is bothered that no where in the story is Jack held accountable for his actions. (I asked, "Did you want Jack to be killed because he caused the eventual death of others?" ...to which she didn't have an answer.) Maybe it was that debate that tainted my watching and thinking about BRAVE. But...it just bothers me that this girl fed her mom food that she knew wouldn't be good for her, watched gleefully (at least for a while) while her mom seemed to get deathly ill from it - knowing that there would be SOME change coming and hoping the change would be in her favor... and in the end, she is looked upon as a hero. Just sitting here bothered by the whole premise. What about you?