Disney/Pixar “Brave” Movie Review

Disney’s Brave is one of the most visually stunning movies I have seen in a long time. Every blade of grass comes alive in the amazingly detailed Scottish countryside. The colors are rich and you can almost feel the wind whipping through the trees as the beautiful Princess, Merida, rides through the forest. The will-o’-the-wisps were truly enchanting and really tied together the Scottish scenery and folklore.

The story is about a young Princess, Merida, who puts a spin on the timeless tale of a young girl being forced to marry by her parents, King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Visiting a witch in the deepest part of the woods, Merida purchases a spell in hopes of changing her fate, but finds that you really must be careful what you wish for. That’s where the plot turns and takes a special twist different from the traditional princess-in-distress movies. As Merida tries in desperation to reverse the effects, you get pulled into a tale that allows you to fall in love with each incredible character.  Add the cutest red headed trouble making triplet brothers of Merida- Hubert, Hamish and Harris- and you have a recipe for one of the greatest Disney movies as of yet. This movie has plenty of humor for adults and kids alike and you find yourself laughing more often than not. There were a few tears shed at the end, but as with any animated movie, they are lesson-learning and short lived.
We gave this movie a whole-hearted thumbs up, 5 stars, A+++ and cannot wait until it comes out on DVD!

SYNOPSIS:  Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.

 “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

BRAVE (Disney*Pixar) opens nationwide on Friday, June 22.  It’s rated PG and has a running time of 95 minutes.

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