June 22, 2012 Brave
Studio: Walt Disney Rating: PG for some scary action and rude humor.
Here's the biggest problem I have with "Brave." Coming from the people who brought us "Toy Story," "Up" and "Wall-E"...it suffers a little by comparison.
That being said, "Brave" is a good film. It stars Kelly McDonald as a young princess named Merida. According to Scottish tradition, she is to be wed to a worthy suitor.
But obviously there are very different definitions for the word "worthy".
Merida is unimpressed with any of the men who would claim her, so she takes matters into her own hands, much to the displeasure of her mother the queen.
Their clash leads Merida to make a rash decision, one that puts the entire kingdom in danger.
After a strong first hour of beautiful animation and slapstick humor, "Brave" takes a very surprising turn. At its heart it is a story about a mother and her daughter, but it's told in a very interesting and unique way.
As always the digital animation is fantastic. The Scotland of hundreds of years ago comes to life on the screen.
But the story is so different from what we've seen before you may be thrown for a bit of a loop. It all ties together neatly in the end but the journey is so bizarre it may take away some of the impact.
On my rating scale, "Brave" earns a TRIPLE.
Like I mentioned in the beginning, this is a good movie. It's just not quite up to the standards of what we expect from Pixar and Disney.
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