Just as you’d expect with any Disney•Pixar movie, there’s great action, incredible graphics and animation, as well as a great story line. It made me laugh, cry, and had some great lessons. What you don’t expect is what makes this movie fabulous.
I don’t want to blow the film prior to you seeing it, but here’s the gist of the flick. “BRAVE” is about a princess (Merida), but she’s no ordinary princess. In fact, Merida is anything like an ordinary princess. She’s a strong willed, defiant teenager with untamed, crazy (but beautiful), red hair and a love of archery. She climbs rocks, is rebellious, and has no desire to have a love interest. Very refreshing! Aside from Merida, there were a bunch of other memorable characters including Angus, Merida’s horse, a handful of Scottish brutes, and Merida’s three young, mischievous triplet brothers.
The root of story is that of a struggle between Merida and her mother regarding age-old customs. In an attempt to change her fate, Merida seeks the help of a witch, who grants her an ill-fated wish which causes chaos amongst the land. Merida must use all her resources, and her own bravery to undo the curse, and save her mother.
There were a few short, scary scenes in the film. Our daughter didn’t seem to be affected by them at all, but our almost 5 year old son may have been a bit frightened for a few moments. The scary parts were minimal, and comparable to many in previously released Disney® films.
All in all, we loved “BRAVE”. The film has some great lessons, and is by no means a film just for girls or children for that matter. The screening we attended was mainly filled with adults, all of whom seemed to have been equally immersed in the movie.
“BRAVE” opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. I’m sure we’ll take our son to see it in the theater as well, as he’s been equally excited for its release. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
Disclosure: We were invited by the Disney® Studios to attend an advanced screening of “BRAVE”. We were not compensated by any other means, and our opinions are our own. Many thanks to Walt Disney Studios Publicity for the opportunity to view the film!