It's Time to Get Brave! A Review of the Newest Film from Pixar
A few months ago I had the unique opportunity of visiting Pixar Studios to get a sneak peek of their latest movie Brave, which is their 13th animated feature. The movie was not yet completed but we were able to watch the first 30 minutes. From the very start of the film, I was gripped and when the lights came on I was so disappointed!
Brave is the story of Merida, a skilled archer who is also the feisty daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the lords of the land. Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury into the kingdom and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman 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.
Pixar has finally released a film featuring a strong female heroine and it also actually focuses on a mother-daughter relationship, something that you don't see often in a Disney/Pixar film. Merida was easily the best part of the movie and I became quickly attached to her and her fate. The story really focuses on that special relationship and adds in a little bit of humor, magic and danger.
Pixar has also outdone themselves with the look of the movie. The colors were lush and the details of everything from the landscape to the castle made you feel like you were actually in Scotland.
After the first 45 minutes, Brave then turns into what feels like a completely different movie. It seems torn between being silly for a younger audience but still trying to hold on to an older audience with darker scenes. Brave joins Up and The Incredibles as the only Pixar films to have a PG rating.
I left Brave really enjoying it but didn't feel quite as satisfied as I have with other Pixar films but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it for a second time.
Make sure to get there with plenty of time to see the latest short film from Pixar called La Luna. It's a sweet story of three generations and their very special job. It's easily my favorite short to date.
Brave is in theaters on June 22nd. Are you looking forward to seeing the latest film from Pixar?