Brave is probably the most refreshing Disney film I’ve seen in a while, and it’s definitely another to add to the grand list of Pixar gems.  I appreciated that Pixar seemed to go all-out for breaking traditions with this one, after all it’s the first Pixar film with a female protagonist and also their first period-film.  At first I was a little leery, being afraid that there would be a cruel turn and making Brave an obnoxious girl-power film, especially with the rise about the corset-lacing scene.

Harris, Hamish and Hubert.
Completely interchangeable.

Fortunately, there was nothing to really worry about.  Merida’s journey of self-discovery and defiance beautifully captures the emotional turmoil of growing up and the eventual acceptance (or compromise) that comes with it.  At the same time, there is also a story of family and empathy that isn’t entirely shoved down our throats.

If I had to nit-pick, I think my only real complaint was that even though the story mainly focused on the relationship between Merida and her mother, I really wish that there could have been more on the dynamics between her brothers and father.  Granted Fergus is a typical sort of dad, not to mention the chemistry between him and Elinor is absolutely adorable (yay Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson!), but I would have loved to see some more character traits in the triplets, who were simply adorable little plot devices.

Side Note: I totally thought this guy looked like a buff Spoony. Especially when his eyes get all buggy.

Other than that, I really can’t complain.  The remaining characters were great (I especially enjoyed the different clans), the animation was gorgeous, and it’s a fairly solid story.  Also, stick around after the credits to see a plot hole disappear.

Final Grade: A



About reelgirl

Film lover, kitsch enthusiast, and all around neat gal. You can read what I'm up to at Reel Girl Reviews!

Posted on June 30, 2012, in Review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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