Last week, I checked out Pixar’s new film Brave. I had been looking forward to this movie since I saw some of the early trailers. The red hair is very eye-catching. For all those not familiar with Brave, the movie follows Merida, a young Scottish princess who is at odds with her mother over marriage. After an explosive confrontation with her mother, Merida runs away and finds a witch who presents her with a way to change her fate.
There were some things that I really liked about the movie. I found the artwork absolutely gorgeous, and the action scenes amazing. Also the humorous bits were great and guaranteed to entertain the kids who go to see it. I also found some scenes with Merida and her mother to be very touching and, because of certain plot relevant instances, humorous.
However, overall Brave wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The trailer made the movie seem more…epic, for lack of a better word. The title certainly calls for an epic-level heroine, doesn’t it? However, that doesn’t quite happen. The plot definitely focuses on Merida’s relationship with her mother, and, in that regard, it plays out fine. I think the teenage and pre-teen crowd will relate more to Merida though; Merida herself, although she is Katniss-like with a bow, is not really what I’d consider hero material. That being said, I can see a lot of kids relating to her.
My only other complaint was that some of the crazy worldbuilding aspects didn’t quite mesh with the plot, and the whole movie came out awkward. That being said, Brave is still fun to watch and worth a look. Just don’t expect what the trailers suggest.