A wild and fiercely independent princess fights against the expectations of her mother and her society. Her mother wants her to accept a betrothal for which she is not ready. Things take a magical and comical turn when her mother is accidentally turned into a bear.
At moments the artwork and visual poetry of this movie are incredible.
I was a bit disappointed in the mother-to-bear part. A bit too stupid for my tastes. I would have preferred a more romantic tale where the wild girl meets her match in a virtuous yet strong-charactered suitor who finds her fierce spirit an asset rather than a liability. Maybe that will come in the sequel.
Meanwhile, the movie might offer the opportunity for some good discussions about how far is too far in family expectations for a daughter or son. Here are a few questions for discussion:
1. What do you think about this story and the girl’s effort to be understood?
- How much should parents have a say in who a daughter or son dates or marries?
3. Are there some things parents know about dating and marriage that a young person doesn’t? Are these things relevant to good relationships?
4. At what age is it ok for a girl to begin “hanging around” with boys in a potentially romantic way? What is a sufficient age for dating or courtship?
5. How do you choose a good spouse?
6. Are some of the things that parents look for in a good spouse for their daughter or son good things? Which?
On a positive level, the movie does reinforce many good values about love in a family and the value of parents.