Movie Review: Brave

Movie Review: Brave



PG for some scary action and rude humor.
Genre: Animated, action, adventure, comedy
Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the lords of the land. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom and when she turns to an eccentric Witch 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.

Once Upon A Time…

Sometimes we just need an old fashioned “Once upon a time story”. But, do we find it here? While it’s not one of the tried and true “once upon a time stories” it is a breath of fresh air. In a sea of Snow White variations, Brave is a movie with a new and different perspective to what’s going on in a kingdom ruled by Kings and Queens. This latest animated movie from Disney-Pixar is set in Scotland and follows Merida – the young daughter of a King and Queen – who must reverse a curse unleashed upon her kingdom.

While also screening in 3D we saw the movie in regular 2D. But make no mistake, I’m sure the 3D is sensational, the regular format does this movie great justice as well. The animation is incredible and the scenery vivid, almost jumping off the screen from time to time. But then again with Pixar involved in the production of Brave we would expect no less when it comes to picture quality. This is simply one of those movies that’s a true joy to watch. The eye-candy is not overdone – it’s tastefully done.

When it comes to content, the story line of Brave is wonderful. It’s a movie about purpose and destiny. But also tucked in is a nice lesson for kids that parents really do mean well. While this is by no means a Leave It To Beaver type scenario, by the movies end we discover a happy reunion between both mother and daughter as Princess Merida discovers he mother really did have her best interests in mind throughout her life.

The downside of Brave revolves around Disney’s fascination with the dark side. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Disney needs to decide what audience they really want to go after. It seems once again they are attempting to straddle the fence here. With a PG rating and a warning of “scary action” those involved with Brave are attempting to grab both the young and older audience alike. But, in the end, it fails. On this surface the “wicked witch” of Brave  is almost like the wicked witch of the original Snow White. However, with the advances in movie production, the scary scenes come off much scarier than the old days.

With that in mind, while we are saying Brave is family-friendly, parents keep in mind this movie is rated PG not G! Brave is NOT for the really young.

Overall we did enjoy Brave. It’s well done, well produced and has a super message not only for kids but also for parents. While the stats say it clocks in at a little better than an hour and a half, it’s probably more like an hour 20 minutes. Yes, you do get your moneys worth, but keep in mind there is a rather long “short” that runs before Brave starts.

Enjoy the show!

Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.