When we saw the trailer for Disney Pixar's "Brave" at our house, we were very excited. We like princesses in general (Especially now that they've stopped making them so freaking passive; Tangled and The Princess and the Frog are among our favourites), but this red-haired princess with a bow seemed especially interesting.
We went to the movie last Wednesday, and I had every intention of writing a review that night, but I was having trouble.
Brave is the story of a teenaged princess who is tough, self possessed, and a little wild. She, being a princess, is going to be forced to marry one of the princes competing for her hand, to continue the peace among the clans in her kingdom. Unsurprisingly, she is not the least bit interested in doing so. Her mother, Elinor, wants her to see that she must think of the good of the kingdom, and Merida wants her mother to see that she is too young to get married; especially to someone she doesn't even know. Determined to forge her own path, Merida decides to change her fate, and must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo the chaos that follows.
It is Pixar, so there are still moments that will make you cry, and it is definitely visually stunning but, for me at least, there isn't a satisfactory resolution; the story feels unfinished.
Which is, I realised, what my problem was. From the studio that gave us "Up", "Finding Nemo", "Wall-E", and "Toy Story", "Brave" seems a little lacklustre, story-wise.
It is a great movie to take the kids to (although if there is a particular fear of bears, be warned that there are scary bear scenes) and we really liked it, but don't expect to be blown away.