“Brave” is about a young princess named Merida who, determined to change her fate, defies a custom that wreaks havoc throughout the kingdom.
She must rely on her amazing archery skills and bravery to undo the bad that she has done.
The film was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and features the voice talents of such stars as Kelly MacDonald as Merida, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson.
For those who may not have noticed, this is the first Disney-Pixar film that features a female lead.
The animation in “Brave” is just beautiful. I’d say it’s some of the best animation that I’ve ever seen in a children’s film. Every shot looks beautiful and realistic and makes me feel like a child again.
Now, I saw this film in 3D, and it was just okay. The 3D didn’t take away from anything, but it just wasn’t amazing.
The voice work in “Brave” was great, just like every other Pixar film. Kelly MacDonald did a great job as Merida, and her natural Scottish accent blended in perfectly to the movie.
Billy Connolly was also great as Merida’s father, delivering some of the funniest lines in the entire film.
Now, the biggest problem that I and a lot of other film critics have with “Brave” was that, after a certain point in the movie, things started getting way too slapstick-oriented.
There was a reasonably large twist that happened about 30 minutes into the story, and from that point on the humor started to dumb down quite a bit. I’m not saying I’m above this type of humor, because I’m not. But I am saying that I’ve seen Pixar make some of the funniest and most heartwarming scenes ever put on film, so I had some halfway decent expectations for this one.
This was not a bad film by any means. It was actually a pretty good family movie. It was a little disappointing for me, I’ll admit, but overall, I give “Brave” a 3.5 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie reviewer and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.