A ‘Brave’ mix of family and fantasy

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

November 15, 2012

Photo courtesy of chipandco.com

When it comes to making family movies, Pixar’s reputation is on par with Disney, even before the Mouse bought the studio in 2006. The movie “Brave” is everything that a Pixar production should be.

“Brave” focuses on the struggles of Merida, a highland lass from Scotland who is a bit of a daddy’s girl and constantly butts heads with her mother. Such an argument causes Merida to make a wish, and we all know what wishes do in Disney movies.

The animation for the movie was exceptionally clean and well done, with appealing, realistic character designs and scenery. Both hair and cloth have realistic movement and the characters are a terrific mix between human and cartoon.

The plot is simple and moralizing, promoting the importance of family and being true to your heart.  It’s a scenario pretty much every adult and teen can relate to: rebelling against our parents. However, there are twists that make the movie enjoyable for everybody and small details that seem insignificant.

Practically every character experiences positive growth through the duration of the film, but it is more apparent in main characters like Merida. During the movie, Merida grows from the stereotypical teen to somebody who understands that her actions have impacts on other people.

Conclusively,  “Brave” is a fantastic movie that is good for families and teens. However, if you’re looking for a movie that keeps you in suspense, it’s not going to be a film you enjoy.

 

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