“Brave” is another Pixar animated adventure. Sets in 10th century Scotland, Princess Merida of Clan DunBroch (Kelly Macdonald) is determined to change her fate. Merida is a skilled archer and a rebellious teenager. She refuses the idea of accepting marriage proposals from three first-born sons from her father King Fergus’ (Billy Connolly) allied clans. Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), Merida’s mother, is dissapointed by her daughter’s demeanor. Merida is inadvertently causes chaos in the kingdom. But when her wish of changing her fate is granted by an old Witch (Julia Walters), the spell turns into a beastly curse and Merida must rely on her skills to undo the ill-fated spell. Honestly, I can’t seem to relate the term brave from the title in the film itself.
Is it brave as a universal language for fearless or is it something else? Not to be disrespect but in my opinion all of Pixar films could have been titled ”Brave”. This film actually have a really great plot until something rather insignificant happened in the middle of the story. It was more like a “Huh? Why?” moment for me. I remember when I saw the trailer I was really excited and it seemed like the film was going to be colossal with a lot of archery actions. I think the trailer for “Brave” was kind of deceptive in a way. I’m really sorry for saying that. But most of all, I highly admire Pixar for being very detailed in their animation. I think the detailing was one of the film’s strength. Just look at how realistic Merida’s hair was. I bet there’s like 200 people working on it alone. The characters are very amusing in their own way. Maybe it’s just me but Merida’s three silly little brothers reminded me of those super cute Peas-in-a-Pod toys from ”Toy Story 3”.
There were also a lot of funny moments in the film. It’s quite entertaining. Merida is a strong Disney female character without being clichéd. She’s got the guts for rejecting the society’s role for her. I really love that. She doesn’t want to fall in love and she’s not looking for it either. She’s young and she will eventually find love when the right time comes. I think this film has a great message for any young girls out there. If you’re not ready about something, you can’t push yourself. Although “Brave” is not perfect, I’d still recommend this film to anyone.