I was super excited to get to see a pre-screening of Brave last night with my family. I love British and Scottish accents, and am a die hard Disney fan. We were all tired, but the movie was engaging and captivating and much more than I expected. I laughed, cried, and my son was scared a little., but he loved it too.
While the previews all make the story seem to be woven around Merida’s fate, it is actually about Mother daughter relationships and responsibilities to family and country. I think that is why I cried so much. I won’t give away much more, but I have had moments with my mother and could completely relate to both Merida and the Mom. We got to watch the movie in 3D, which was gorgeous. They did a phenomenal job of portraying Scotland’s beauty, and there were enough effects to keep you interested.
Merida was a strong character for a Disney princess, and a total switch from their traditional roles. I loved the interplay between the parents, and I think I have the triplets all rolled up into one child. My son’s favorite characters were the triplets. He loved their antics, and in many ways is just like them.
There were some parts that startled or scared my son and other children in the audience, so I would caution parents with sensitive children to either preview the movie, or be prepared to have them cover their ears/eyes and sit on your lap. There was a little bit of violence, but it mostly involved animals/bears attacking, which is where the movie was scary. At one point my 7-year-old son got really nervous, but he likes to be scared, so I’m not really sure how to gauge his reaction. I know younger audience members were frightened and maybe should watch at home where the sound and experience isn’t as intense.
To sum up our experience, this is a 5 star movie, and a must see/own. We will be buying a copy as soon as it comes out on Blu Ray. I loved the accents, the scenery and the story. Merida was refreshingly un-princess like, has gorgeous red hair and multiple talents. We loved her relationship with her family. I find many DIsney movies lack that family bond, and it was refreshing to see a movie where the family bond and their relationships were played out so beautifully. Parents were parents, and children were children, but in the end, the family was central to the story, and a huge part of what makes me love the movie.
“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 Wise Woman (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.”
Take into consideration your child’s age and temperament, but this is a must see movie for the summer. I would even make it a date night. My husband liked it and he’s pretty picky about “girl” movies. Then come and let me know what you think.
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