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What to know: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom.
Recommended age 5-12
100 minutes
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This funny and adventurous movie is so amazing and very entertaining. BRAVE is about a princess named Merida who must choose between three young men to marry. She doesn't want to do this and so Merida decides to break the family tradition and refuses to marry a man that someone else has chosen for her. This action completely breaks her mother's heart and so Merida intends to change her mother's mind. When a witch gives her a potion that has a bad effect on her mother, it is all up to Merida to break the ancient curse and get her mother back. Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a smart, brave, and tough young lady who absolutely does not want to be a princess; she just wants to be free and be her own person. She is an incredible archer who loves being with her horse, Angus, roaming the countryside of Scotland. She is adventurous and full of courage and learns a lot, discovering the true meaning of bravery. King Fergus (Billy Connolly) is Merida's father. He is a strong and mighty king who protects everyone he can. He is very loud, always tells stories, has a big heart and great advice. Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) is a beautiful and caring mother who really wants Merida to become the proper princess. She commands attention from the people of her kingdom and can't understand why her daughter cannot accept her fate. Some other stand-out characters are Merida's triplet brothers and the three lords of the kingdom-Dingwall, Macintosh and MacGuffin. I thought this movie was fantastic. It included almost every emotion. Being brave, helping each other, having confidence, and caring and loving for one another are some of the major themes throughout the story. Although BRAVE is rated PG, there definitely are some scary scenes that may frighten some younger children. I think that many families would enjoy going to this film together and experiencing all that it has to offer. An interesting fact is that the film is dedicated to Steve Jobs who ran both Apple and Pixar. I think that it is very kind and generous that the filmmakers made such a special dedication. BRAVE is a 3D movie, which makes it so much more exciting. The animation was the best I have ever seen. The animators did their research and knew what it was like to do sword fighting and archery by doing it themselves. I recommend this movie for kids ages 5-12 years old. I also think adults would really like this movie as it has some hilarious humor and a story that they can relate to. This movie was so well done that I must give it a 5 out of 5 stars! The great animation and amazing humor make it a definite "must see." This movie shoots into theaters on June 22, 2012 and you DO NOT want to miss it. Talia Rashba, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. If you like adventure and love suspense, this is the movie. This is the very first princess movie by Pixar. Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a tomboy and loves all roughness from her father King Fergus (Billy Connolly). Her mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) is trying to raise her according to tradition, to behave like a lady. Merida Spirit is so strong and her mother is having a hard time talking to her, neither one of them listens to the other. You can feel the love they have for one other but also how they don't know how to show it. When one of them can't speak, and can only show their love in actions, this is when they understand each others' feelings. This movie is very funny with all the Scottish men who look so silly with their kilts, some with no teeth and some with really crooked teeth. The triplets are hilarious. The music is so relaxing as are the beautiful Scotland sceneries. It's also very festive when all the clans are having a get together. You can see Princess Merida and the bear's hair strands as though they are real. The quality of Pixar 3D is out of this earth. The part I did not enjoy is the fogginess and the darkness of the movie and the scary legends. Also, some of the accents are thick and I could not understand what they are saying. It seems like they smash all the words into one big word. The message in this movie is "you can change your fate if you have the courage to do it." I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie kids ages 8 to 50. I saw a lot of moms watching who had tears and laughed at the same time. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. I got to see Brave tonight, the premier at Disney, it was the most enjoyable fantastic experience! I love the beginning short, with the little boy and the twinkling stars. I give it a moon-full of twinkling stars it was that incredible. Brave is about a princess who wishes to change her fate. She also is a good girl in a bad sort of way. The film is awesome and I love it. It's for families. There is a witch and when Merida decided she wants to change her fate she is lead to her by the Willow Wisps. The witch is half witch - half woodcutter. She was a master at sculpting bears from wood. I love the three bears. They are adorable and really cute. If I had to add one thing to this movie it would be more adventures with the three little bears. They were that cute! My favorite scene in the movie is when the mother bear is learning how to fish. There is a great clip of the mother and daughter being together and learning something new. Watching "Brave", my emotions are all over the place. I laugh, cry and am frightened when the bear attacks. Then back to laughing, and it was hilarious. My feelings were great and it's an up and down rollercoaster ride, because every scene makes you experience a different feeling beating in your heart. Much of the animation looks real instead of animated, and that was amazing. The ages are 6 and up. I give this film five twinkling stars plus another moon-full of stars for the beginning short and that equals thirty hundred thousand stars. Make sure you watch the end past the credits for another really good laugh. Watch it to the very end and don't sneak out early. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Starring Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson. Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell.
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