“Tell me negative things, tell me I’m not good enough. I’m going to use those things, turn them around, and use them as a ladder to climb to my goals.” This were the words said by Lizzie Velasquez, an American motivational speaker, author and youtuber, born with an extremely rare congenital disease that prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight, resulting in many bullies picking on her due to her looks.
In today’s world on Social Media, bullies no longer need to be close to their victims for bullying to occur. Having been bullied since a child, imagine the horror of seeing a YouTube video that labeled Lizzie as the world ugliest woman, her whole world collapsed around her. However, she managed to pick herself up and fight back by creating a YouTube channel to prove that she can be as lively and fun like any other normal human. Not letting her disease stop her, she has become a motivational speaker which proved to her bullies that she can be as good as them, maybe even better.
The movie is a very direct film, and with simple storytelling, the film allows her to shine brightly with her seemingly endless reserve of positive energy. On top of that, the music composed by the Choir of Westminster Alley just managed to give viewers the necessary emotions at the right period of time. However, A Brave Heart is not very sophisticated, flitting between Lizzie the internet celebrity and Lizzie the anti-bullying activist, Lizzie the beloved eldest daughter of a close-knit family.
Everything else aside, the films shows that no matter how far we fall, we can always bound back, we just need to stay positive and ignore what others think.
Ina nutshell, I feel that this is a rather good movie, getting about 4/5 stars. This movie will definitely suit the general public as it is a very touching story that people of all ages can enjoy.