Disney and Pixar have enjoyed a successful partnership – they are perhaps even the most distinguished, powerhouse name when it comes to animation domination. They gave us a toy chest full of talking toys who teach us about friendships and racing cars that need a reality check. Now they want young children to learn the value of something more priceless: being brave.
Brave (2012) Disney Film Review
Princess or no, young Merida (voiced by Kelly McDonald) is an Irish rebel. She lives under constant scrutiny of her strict but well-meaning mother (Emma Thompson) whose rules are endless. Her latest hope is to see Merida marry into one of the three tribes lest her father, Fergus (Billy Connolly) be drawn into war. Her father continues to indulge his little girl, shaping her into an expert archer.
The archery tournament for Merida’s hand has rules that prohibits anyone but the firstborn to compete. Fed up with her fate not being her own, Merida competes for herself upsetting her mother and unintentionally her entire house when a spell goes horribly wrong.
I can still remember the first time I saw the trailer spot for this. It wasn’t all that informative of a promo spot but intrigued enough. Animation movies usually don’t inspire mention here just because they’re not the genre I prefer nowadays. That said, I cannot help but enjoy the vision filmmakers – and the creativity from it, have for this new princess (or is it rebel?). So many times, you watch a trailer and feel as if in two minutes flat you’ve seen the entire film. With Brave, there is nothing in the trailer to really indicate how the film would play out. In this scenario, that’s very good.
For a children’s film, this one was perhaps the bigger surprise than counterparts. I didn’t know what the plot had in mind, and am surprised by the turns the fairy tale takes into “darkness”; with everything (excitement, wonder, laughter, love) but the presence of a handsome prince. Here, we have the young, fiery Merida taking care of her family, protecting them from the mistakes she makes. And, gosh, do I love this red-headed snippet. She’s bold, caring… and a royal mess with her mass of corkscrew curls blowing behind her as she rides through the woods. The message the writers attempt to convey through the cover of a children’s movie isn’t a bad one, exactly… but in looking beneath the obvious ideals, it isn’t one of the most important ones either.
Merida’s entire attitude is one of rebellion towards marriage and I cannot say as I blame her. I’d reject convenience for marriage any day, but the way it’s done almost suggests that in order to be “brave,” we shouldn’t love. In many ways, I admire this movie from a fictional prism because it doesn’t employ the usual clichés. In fact by the time the ending rolls around, it has me laughing at the cuteness of the entire concept. The special effects are glorious as is the transformation of Merida’s young brothers a funny bone objective. Anytime there are good laughs, there’s a decent chance something will win me over. Here, there is great animation and some well-known vocal talent to balance out the few flaws.
In my book, love isn’t weakness. But then I don’t judge fairy-tale character’s harshly because at the end of the day, their reality is fiction, which is how we must enjoy it. And as a story, Brave is marvelously touching.
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CONTENT There are two instances of male backside nudity and twice implied; one a male, another female nudity [she is covered in a blanket]. Merida back talks her parents on occasion and uses a spell as a means to rid herself of the nagging. There’s an instance or two of “adult” humor [a maid wearing a low-cut, cleavage baring dress]. Some minor “frightening” images may scare young children including the presence of a blood-thirsty black bear. The film is PG.