Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Movie Review: Brave

Disney Pixar
Rated: PG
93 minutes
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (description from

I really enjoyed this movie. I thought the storyline was interesting. I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I LOVED the animation.

This movie was about a girl who wants to make her own destiny...and does... *after* some serious mishaps, having to break a curse, and killing off a giant evil bear that's plagued her country for years. Set in Scotland, I loved the accents, the clothes, the history, the magic, the folk tale feel of the whole movie.

Merida was a great character - fiery, loyal, loving, but also a typical teenager who blames her mother for EVERYTHING. Her mother and father were loving and funny and her brothers were a full-on hoot. *I would love to see a short with just the boys getting into scrapes!* The members of the other clans were also funny and made for a great interaction with Merida's family.

Most of all, though, this movie was visually stunning. The animation of Merida's wild red hair, her horse, the bears, and the will-o-the-wisps were all amazingly well done. You could see individual hairs. It looked like you could reach out and touch soft fur. Wow. Just wow.

If you like family movies, you will probably really like this one. :)
Full disclosure: borrowed from my library


  1. I loved this movie, but the first time I saw it I fell asleep. This is when I learned that taking an anti-nausea medicine so I can survive a 3D movie isn't a great idea. While I didn't feel sick while waiting the movie, the drug made me zonk out. I missed the climax. Fortunately my son wanted the movie for Christmas, so I finally got to see the entire thing then. :)

  2. OH my! I hate 3-D movies, too. I wish they'd stop making them. I'm perfectly happy with 2-D. I also have the same problem with dramamine, etc. I get horrible seasickness and the occasional bout of motion sickness and all of the medications knock me right out. I actually got a set of pressure point bracelets ($5 at CVS!) that work to keep me from feeling sick and that's been one of the best investments I ever made!