Pixar Animation Studios has delivered timeless films that are undeniable. The studio has a terrific resume. Lately, Pixar has been slacking with quality. Cars 2 made Pixar fall down. Brave pushed Pixar back up.
In Scotland, a young Princess Merida (Peigi Barker) receives a bow from her father King Fergus (Billy Connelly) on her birthday. Princess Merida encounters wisps while practicing her bow.
The clans arrive with their first-born sons to compete in the Highland Games for Merida's hand (Kelly Mcdonald) and the princess chooses archery as the main event. During the competition, Lord Dingwall's (Robbie Coltrane) son wins by accident.
Princess Merida enters the competition, saying that as the first-born of Clan DunBroch she is eligible to compete for her own hand. Princess Merida destroys a tapestry depicting her family and runs away.
She discovers a hut of an elderly witch (Julie Andrews). Princess Merida asks for a spell on her mom Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). The witch whips up a spell in form of a cake. Princess Merida then runs back to the castle and makes her mom eats the cake. Within seconds, Queen Elinor is a bear. While solving the spell, Princess Merida bonds with Queen Elinor.
The voices are phenomenal with authentic Scottish accents. This is a fun family adventure. This film is delightfully hilarious and you’ll laugh. The animation is gorgeously crafted with Pixar trademarks.
The messages are strong in this film. You determine your destiny. Follow the steps that will lead you to your fate. Be careful with your decisions and actions. Don’t take for granted the bonding time with your family. These messages maybe derivative from previous Pixar films but here, they are loud and clear.
Despite this is a Pixar film, Brave has its minor faults. This film is easily foreshadowed by the second act. You’ll instantly know what will happen in the end. Queen Elinor and Princess Merida live happily ever after.
Brave may have a Disney-esque that’s easily noticeable. This film has a female heroine Princess Merida and may represent a younger Katniss Everdeen. We have to realize that females can dominate the box-office. Females have power and strength too. Princess Merida proved it once again.
If we didn’t have Pixar, America’s cinema could be very different. Pixar releases excellent films that deliver their intentions. Brave demonstrates that Pixar still has its strong muscle and it will endure American moviegoing for years to come. B+