I initially saw a clip from BRAVE last year at the D23 Expo event in California. It intrigued me. Who is this princess full of attitude, adorned with long curly red hair and has the ability to shoot an arrow like no other? Ever since then, I have been looking forward to seeing the movie.
Simply put, it was everything I thought it would be, and more.
I could relate to Merida, her mother, and their struggle. The story of this Disney "princess" is not the typical damsel in distress but is a wee bit like Mulan - wanting to break tradition and be the woman she is inside. Such is a young and VERY head strong Merida.
The story is set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland where we meet feisty Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald) who insists on changing her royal destiny. Her mother, Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson), is steeped in adhering to royal Scottish traditions. The conflict of mother and daughter are the focus of the movie.
King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly), who gave his daughter a bow and arrow at a very young age, enjoys his merriment and hanging out with the clansmen and lords. The triplet brothers are quite funny and could have had a more prominent roll in the movie.
I was quickly caught up into the 3D version of the movie and soon forgot I was watching an animated feature - the characters, especially Merida, felt very real.
The movie has humor and is intense at times. I did not see coming the twist that put Merida and the Queen on such an perilous and dangerous journey. Without giving too much away the story does come full circle at the end.
BRAVE is rated PG for some scary action and rude humor.
Boys will enjoy the archery segments, suspense and the scenes in the castle with the lords bonding.
There were some intense scenes that may scare little ones. I did speak to one mother of 3 when the movie was over who said her 2 year old "loved it". She recommend reading the book to your young ones to prepare them for the movie.
I'm ready to see it again.
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A new Pixar short “La Luna,” precedes the showing of BRAVE. Without real speaking La Luna tells a heartwarming story that has you smiling at the end.
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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures - Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opened June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
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