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Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida(voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.
“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong 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 unruly and 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 Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
This was a very important movie for our family. It was the first time The Toddler had been to a movie theater! At 2 1/2 she is big into Disney Princesses so I knew that this was the perfect movie to take her to. My older daughters are 12 and 10 so I was curious to see if they still would enjoy a princess movie too.
We were careful to get a spot as close to the door as possible and we bought popcorn, water and a sweet treat to keep her from her normal 2 year old chatter. Being as we were seeing a press preview I knew that there were other people there that would want to be able to watch the movie uninterrupted so I planned ahead.
We settled into our seats and threw on our 3D glasses and she was mesmerized! I had already shown her clips from the movie before she went so she was familiar with the characters. She must have said “Princess” about 800 times and was so excited when Merida was riding her horse through the beautiful forested areas of Scotland.
The film was an absolute “hit” with the Toddler and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since we saw it days ago!
The older two enjoyed it too. I love when there are bits and pieces of older kid/adult humor added in to movies that also are enjoyable for littler kids and BRAVE did not disappoint! The girls were all giggling together and had a great time. I asked the older two if it’s a movie they would watch again at home on DVD and my 10 year old said an immediate YES. The 12 year old said she would be happy to watch it again with her little sisters for a movie night too!
The story line itself was sweet and entertaining and not too scary. There are scenes where the bear is in attack mode, if you will. But there is never any outright show of someone getting hurt. Without any prompting on my part The Toddler declare that the bear was tickling the person it was fighting with. I went with that. You guys all know how much my girls mean to me and that motherhood didn’t come easy so I really love movies that celebrate the bond of a mother and child and BRAVE showed this perfectly.
We all left talking about how a Mommy is a Mommy forever and there is nothing that a Mom won’t do to protect her children. I think that about sums it up without ruining the story line. I would absolutely recommend this movie for ages 2-12.
I’d like to thank Disney PR and the local PR Agency for inviting us to this screening. I was provided a free press screening to facilitate this review.