I saw Disney Pixar’s Brave and loved it. It took a much different turn than I expected and I still found it amazing. And I have to say that it’s excellent in 3D and not, which surprised me because I usually don’t really enjoy 3D movies very much.
Set in ancient Scotland, Brave is abundantly green and lush and absolutely gorgeous. Pixar left no detail untouched. The land, the mountains, the waterfalls, the people and the hair are all amazing. Merida in particular has the most fiery red curls that are full lush and wild like she is. Yes Princess Merida is wild as any proper teenager should be, she’s not your typical princess. She’s a person that makes mistakes and doesn’t need a prince to come and save her and that’s how Brave differs from most of your princess stories.
Her mother the queen is in charge of the entire kingdom, everyone has her respect and follows her guidance just by the look in her eyes and the way she carries herself and she finds it her duty to teach everything she knows to her daughter. Her daughter doesn’t want to know everything, she doesn’t want to be in charge or accept her responsibilities and that’s the main point of the story. Can the mother and child come to terms, can they learn from each other, can they see eye to eye.
Scare factor: So many of the children’s Disney movies have a scary part in it. Brave is no exception, as a parent you need to decide what your child can handle. My children, I feel can handle it. I think it might get intense but they will be fine. They’ve grown and changed a lot over the past year and don’t mention being afraid as often, or they say that was scary but I liked the movie. My kids are 4 and 5 and yes I’m letting them go see the movie on Wednesday night. It’s up to parents, if you need to see the movie beforehand than do so. Some of the bear scenes can be intense.
Spoiler: The mom becomes a bear and her life becomes endangered. You can read the ending in any children’s book and talking to your kids about the ending might help prepare them.