Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson (voice talents)
Set in the medieval highlands of Scotland, “Brave” follows the story of a royal family bent on marrying off their daughter, Merida (Macdonald). As King Fergus (Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Thompson) call for suitors from near and far to compete for the honor of marrying their daughter, Merida decides to take fate into her own hands. One brash decision, however, turns the kingdom upside down and she is forced to restore balance to a once-peaceful kingdom.
The Story: It’s a nice show, but “Brave” is surely not Pixar’s crowning achievement (for Heaven’s sakes, it’s like the copy-and-pasted once scene straight out of the animated classic, “Robin Hood”). And so much for all the ideas that trailers gave us about archery and competing for the hand of the princess! In the end, the story isn’t even really about that at all. The story is really about the importance of family and the power that comes from strengthening geneaological bonds.
The Acting: Overall, the voice acting in “Brave” is solid, but the absolute hardest thing that many viewers may need to do during the feature film is to put up with those incredibly thick Scottish accents for an hour and a half.
The Genre: If there is one lasting impression left by Pixar’s latest installment, it’s the fantastic computer animation. Even on DVD, “Brave” has perfectly polished visuals that even the sleepiest of viewers should be able to take a moment or two and appreciate. It’s a good family film, as advertised, and younger audiences, women, and redheads will eat it up.
Overall, “Brave,” most likely, will not end up being one Disney/Pixar’s timeless classics, beloved by all from eternity to eternity, but it does provide a few chuckles and has a nice, underlying message. It may make a nice gift here as the holidays approach, but if it’s not on anybody’s Christmas list, this is one you can probably just Redbox or pick up later on once the price drops. You may also be interested in: “Brother Bear” (2003), “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), “Lilo & Stitch” (2002).
DVD bonus features:
– Audio in: English, English Descriptive Audio, French, Spanish
– Subtitles in: English, French, Spanish
– “La Luna”: A cute little Pixar short about two jibberish-mumbling marines and their impressionable little tot. Definitely worth a watch.
– “The Legend of Mordu”: A closer look at the back-story of the movie’s mortally-cursed villain, hosted by The Witch (Julie Walters).
– Optional audio commentary with the directors, the story supervisor, and an editor
– “Disney FastPlay” and a handful of sneak peaks for upcoming movies
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Running time: 93 minutes
MPAA rating: PG for “some scary action and rude humor,” including two instances of animated rear, male nudity (used for laughs) and one slightly-uncomfortable moment regarding female anatomy.
Costars Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson
DVD release date: November 13, 2012
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