Brave Reviewed

Everyone loves a good Walt Disney animation. So what’s the big deal about Brave – a movie that held top spot in the US for a few weeks? While it opens in Singapore a little later than the US, we’re all excited to check out this month’s big animation film!

The Plot

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (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 (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (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.

The Verdict

Brave is not only the first for Pixar for in the Fairy Tale genre but also the first for the award winning studio for having a female as its lead. I guess you could say it is rather Brave of Pixar to take a step into territory unknown with its latest movie that the marketing geniuses at Disney have managed to conceal as far as the plot goes in all of its advertisement campaigns.

Set in the beautiful Scottish lands of old where magic and legends are no longer held in high regard, the story follows the adventures of one red haired princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who rather hit bulls eye with her bow and arrow then to learn the demure ways of being a princess to the annoyance of her mother, Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson). Add her father, King Fergus (voiced by Billy Connolly) who is more like a boy living the dream of a King and three little and very mischievous brothers to the list and you wonder how the kingdom still stands after so long.

While at the heart of the story is a very simple but valuable message that every family can appreciate, Pixar has once again managed to weave its renown story telling techniques into a story of both adventure, laughter and that moment where you can see packets of tissue paper appearing.

Even the lesser characters in the story like the first born of each clan’s leader to the Merida’s three little brothers have their moments in the movie and not forgetting Queen Elinor who plays a much bigger role as compared to what the teaser trailers have suggest.

Overall Brave is one movie that I would have no trouble recommending to families and even adults to catch. While it doesn’t have the graphical edge as some would expect from movies these days, the gorgeous living breathing pastel colored world of Brave does get the job done well. Plot wise, it may not be anything near the complexity of the caped crusader’s latest outing but with a simple but powerful value to bring across, Pixar has done a very good job.

Rating : 4 out of 5 stars.

A feel good fun film for the whole family!

by Kenneth Wong

Brave opens in cinemas 8 Aug

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

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