‘Brave’ Movie Review

Brian Dulle / Washburn Review

The story about breaking tradition, choosing your own fate and listening to the ones you love is the three things that come to mind after seeing Disney-Pixar’s new movie “Brave.”

Disney-Pixar is known for coming out with amazingly well done films, though I did miss “Cars 2” last year and well I still have no interest to see it after all the bad reviews I heard but besides that I love nearly each one of their films.

So what can I say about their new film “Brave?”  Well it was enjoyable, funny and well put together.  It just didn’t seem as tough of a story as “Toy Story 3” or “Up.”

The film certainly doesn’t seem slow at all and I really felt bad for Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) when her mom is trying to control her life constantly.  When Merida steps up and shows off her archery skills in front of the whole kingdom, including getting a triple bulls eye, splitting the other arrow on the target in half, I wanted to stand up and cheer.

Pixar did a superior job with showing the younger relationship between Merida and her mom Queen Elinor (voiced Emma Thompson) at a time when they did get along.

Even with all the characters in the movie and the constant humor brought on by Merida’s dad King Fergus (voiced by Billy Connolly) and her little brothers, the movie does a wonderful job focusing on Merida and Elinor and their relationship as it develops stronger throughout the film

A mother and daughter story is something I don’t think Pixar has really done yet but the film just doesn’t seem to have that same wow that some of their other films have had.  It reminded me of the relationship between Nemo and his father in “Finding Nemo.”

The 3D was great and I would recommend seeing it in 3D.

Would I recommend seeing this movie?  Absolutely, even though it isn’t as strong as some of the other Pixar films, it is a great movie overall and one of the best films that is out right now.

The short animated feature before the film “La Luna” I enjoyed watching as well.

There is a scene at the end of the credits but it isn’t anything too special.

I give the film 3.5 out of 5 Top Hats.