Movie Review: Brave

Title: Brave
MPAA Rating: PG
Notable Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.

Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: surly Lord Macintosh, massive Lord MacGuffin, and cantankerous Lord Dingwall.

Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources–including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers–to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. Summary from Official Movie Site

Most of the time when I go into a Pixar movie, I’m not sure what to expect. But, I usually end up liking what happens. But, not with Brave. I definitely wasn’t expecting what happened. For that reason, it wasn’t my favorite of the Pixar feature films, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

I absolutely adored the music in the movie. I love bag pipes when played correctly. I think they’re a beautiful instrument. I also love Celtic music so I was in Heaven listening to the music while watching the movie.

I loved all the Scottish accents. I’m definitely a fan of accents and Scottish and Irish accents are my favorite. So, to have a movie full of Scottish accents was music to my ears.

The movie was really funny. I laughed so hard. I enjoyed the jokes. And, I enjoyed the voices behind the jokes. Billy Connolly and Craig Ferguson are some of the funniest actors I know. And, even though you couldn’t see them, their personalities shined through to their characters giving them life.

I also loved the animation. It was phenomenal. Merida’s hair alone showed you how good the animation was. It was wild and went in every direction, but at the same time, it didn’t look unkempt; it just looked like she had extremely thick, curly hair that was unruly. It looked like regular hair like that would. It didn’t look forced or contrived like some animation would’ve made it look.

The story is where I had a hard time. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting what happened and I didn’t really like where it went. But, I loved Merida and her courage. I loved her mischievous brothers. I loved the lessons Merida (and others) learned. I even got teary-eyed at the end. And, who knows, the direction of the movie I didn’t like may grow on me.

View Spoiler »My five-year-old great-niece was a little disappointed because Merida didn’t have a prince. She didn’t understand that the story wasn’t about that.View Spoiler »



  1. says

    I’m wondering what parts you didn’t like, though I know you may not want to include spoilers on your blog. I loved the movie and DEFINITELY loved the music. I saw it with my Things, so I was admittedly distracted at points, but overall I thought it was great. The Things loved it too!

    • says

      ***spoiler*** I didn’t like that Elinor turned into a bear. I thought that how they did it once she was turned into a bear was funny. But, I guess I just wasn’t expecting it and I’m really not into animal transformation. (I don’t like werewolves for example, even though I read stories with them in it.) But, that’s why I still gave the movie 4 stars because I loved everything else. Does that makes sense?

        • says

          I liked that it had no love interest too. It was different. But, I can understand why my niece didn’t like it since she’s five, lol. But, it’s good to show young girls that princes aren’t everything. 😀

  2. says

    I basically feel the same way. It was good, I’m glad we went, and it was fun going with you. But not my favorite. I love the theme of women can be strong with out men, but I too missed that there wasn’t a prince. I’m a sucker for a good romance. :)

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