Pixar Studios presents a movie about a princess, that would rather be anyone but a princess. With unruly, curly, long, red locks of hair Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is the ultimate medieval Scottish tomboy. She is in her element when riding her horse Angus, shooting arrows with the bow her father gave her and climbing the tallest peak just for a taste of fresh water.
Merida’s mother Elinor (Emma Thompson) has made it her life’s purpose to prepare Merida for marriage, but when it comes time for Merida to wed it is Merida that bucks tradition and learns an entire new meaning of being “Brave.”
Once again, Pixar Studios has brought to the screen a stunningly beautiful animated film that at moments appears to be a live action film. The subject of this new film is Princess Merida. A spitfire princess living in the Scottish highlands.
It’s a quaint film with charming sequences at the first part of the film and the end. But when Merida goes to extremes to rid herself of her mother’s desire to marry off her daughter, the story gets a little boring.
The theme of mother/daughter love is a subject worthy of such a story, but the ultimate solution is a little too easy to ascertain, even for the main target of this film – little girls. Truly, little girls today are much smarter that this!
Although I loved parts of this film, it just didn’t measure up to other Pixar classics. Perhaps Pixar could be a bit more brave and offer up a story with a bit more substance next time.
“Brave” is rated PG for some scary action and rude humor and has a run-time of 1 hour and 33 minutes.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com