“Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.”
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, 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) andcantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
(For another sneak peek at the movie, view the trailer The Prize.)
This is one movie that I knew that I had to see after watching the trailer many months ago. Merida is not your average Princess in a ball gown singing and waiting for her Prince to come (though I love those princesses too). She is a straight shooting, horse-riding, hair in the wind free spirit. And that is what made me fall in love with this film!
This girl has backbone. She has the fierceness of her Scottish Highland warrior dad and the wisdom of her corset-laced manners loving mother. Merida knows what she wants and what she doesn't (and has some great stubbornness with those gorgeous red curly locks to boot). And that is what drives her throughout the film. But she also finds out more about herself, her position in life as a future leader of her people, and her relationship with her mother.
The backdrop of the Scottish Highlands is absolutely gorgeous! Scottish culture and lore are woven throughout the story line. You will probably come out of this movie wanting to visit Scotland ( I know I did). The animators did not disappoint in the lush scenery and beautifully captured characters.
BRAVE has many themes about character, loyalty, finding ones way/purpose in life, family love, mother-daughter bonds, and strong female roles (though I think they could have made the men a little less ridiculous; they are warriors after all). On the family-friendly scale, I should warn you there are some kilt jokes and some cartoon naked bums (which had a lot of the crowd in stitches with laughter). It also has a few intense scenes that might frighten your little ones under 5-6.
And please don't be deterred by the fact that this film has a Princess and think it is only geared toward girls. Your sons will have plenty of action and humor to keep them thoroughly entertained with none of that mushy "true love" stuff (my 13 yr old son came out of the movie saying he loved it!) Also, be warned: your child will probably want to take up archery after seeing this.
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Thank you to Shannon and Allied-THA for providing the tickets for my son and I to attend this screening.
Disclosure: I received an invitation to attend this screening for free. All opinions are my own.