Review: BRAVE

by Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

I had been looking forward to seeing this film for months because I am a huge fan of anything PIXAR and have enjoyed every movie they have made.  Apparently, this is the first PIXAR film with a female lead character and I say it’s about time. 

Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is determined to make her own path in life because she is being forced to marry one of the neighboring clans first born son, and she doesn’t fancy any of them.  Merida stubbornly defies her people’s custom, buys a wish and must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo the beastly curse.

As usual, PIXAR attends to every visual detail and yes, this film is in 3D which I usually don’t like but in this case as in most all of PIXAR’s films it only adds to the enjoyment of their films.  Particularly, the way in which they make Merida’s full mane of hair look in 3D, it is wonderful and has a life of its’ own.  The storyline is well written and kept me engaged in Merida’s plight through the entire movie. 

The voice actors in this film are wonderful and I didn’t realize until the credits that Emma Thompson, one of my favorite actresses, voiced Elinor, Merida’s mother.  Other than that, nothing at all stood out to me technically or otherwise so all is well as far as the technical aspects of this film.

As I expected, this film is a wonderful journey through Merida’s struggle to find her path in life.  I would strongly recommend that everyone see this film without hesitation.

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