The family and I had the chance to see a screening of Disney/Pixar’s newest film ‘Brave‘ on Wednesday night. From the moment I first saw Merida and her flaming red hair and quirky personality, I knew this was a must-see movie for the family.
The film arrives in theaters today, June 22nd!
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous 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 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 old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Our kids are 14, 12 and 8 – for those of you who don’t know – and this movie was perfect for all of them. It’s definitely a movie the entire family will enjoy. Now when I say the entire family, although this is a Disney/Pixar film, it is rated PG for some scary scenes and possibly a few scenes that some parents won’t want their littler ones to see. It all depends on how sensitive your kids are and how strict your rules are as to what you let them see. Here are a few details about those parts:
- The movie does have several bear scenes and gets quite loud. Whether you decide to see the movie in 3D or not, those scenes can be pretty terrifying for little ones. The theater was filled with little kids and although I heard a few kids say “Mommy, I’m scared” and a cry or two, no one actually got up and left the theater.
- There is one scene where the men have no pants on and you see their bums.
- There is magic in this movie and a witch.
Like I said, it all depends on what you as a parent are comfortable with your child seeing.
Personally, our family absolutely loved it and we can’t wait to see it again! The story line was phenomenal. Merida’s red hair filled the screen and the animation was brilliant. A trip to Scotland anyone?!
The movie lives up to its name – Brave. Merida wasn’t ready for marriage and wanted to live her own life and choose how she would spend it and who she would spend it with! Who can blame her right? She wanted to ‘Change Her Fate’. She chose to stand up for her beliefs and go against tradition. Merida knew who she was and was willing to do what ever it took to be that person.
Brave also shows the importance of a relationship between a mother and daughter. I won’t go into detail so I don’t spoil too much for you!
The little brothers in the film are hysterical! Can you imagine THREE little red hair triplets running around causing all sorts of trouble?Phew!
The movie has depth, some surprising twists and turns and is one we’ll see again. Is this a Pixar ground breaker? No. Is it Pixar’s best film yet? Definitely not. But it’s a movie that is gorgeous to look at, has a fabulous story line and will have your little girl asking for her own bow and arrow. (Hunger Games anyone?)