Bravey Brave MacBravester the Brave

Well its off to the pictures with the two man-children again this (freaking cold) Friday night. The choices have narrowed down somewhat. Seen Prometheus, seen Rock of Ages, seen The Avengers. Have even seen Get The Gringo. So we’re going animated with Pixar’s BRAVE. Can’t go wrong with PIXAR.

Am I right?

Yes. In this case I’m right.

BRAVE tells the tale of Merida – feisty tomboy daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connelly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Sister-in-crime to triplet trouble-makers, Harris, Hubert and Hamish. As a family unit this Scottish outfit is a right, royal riot. Which is as it should be and they are very easy to like. Merida’s large, loving father fuels and fires his daughters wild ways while her mother tries to quell and quash them. He gives her weapons for presents, the queen bestows deportment lessons.

Growing up and growing tired of the Queen’s mission to Ladyise her, Merida rampages through the forest on horseback firing her bow at all and sundry. Can’t be tamed, this one. However the Queen has arranged for all The Clans to come to the Castle with their first born sons in tow. The best will win Merida’s hand in marriage. Her choices of husband are as dismal as they are comic. Made all the more so by their respective father’s attempts to talk up their qualities.

Horrified at the very idea of marriage, let-alone its prospect personified through the vain, dimwitted and incomprehensible suitors on offer, Merida has other ideas. So she proceeds to run rings around the clansmen striking a blow for feminism and lots of other modern stuff. This threatens a ClanWar and The Queen redoubles her control-freakery to make Merida submit. Not a chance. Merida is forced to enlist some supernatural support to get the Queen off her back. In a surprise twist, this backfires with dire consequences. Merida must explore the depths of her character to put things right. This all revolves around a near-mythical and monstrous bear that once attacked her father taking his left leg.

This is a very funny feel good movie and this should come as no surprise given its parentage. The scottish clans are hilarious – the exaggerated characters are a visual delight with rapid-fire jokes delivering some expected, and many unexpected, laughs. Also pivotal to plot and comic payload are the diminutive stoogesque triplets who do Merida’s bidding. And did I mentioned the words “visual delight” before. I did. Thats good – because this film is beautiful. Just check Merida’s hair out. Worth the price of admission alone.

This is also the first film I’ve seen that features a talking Raven wearing a welding helmet. You don’t get that everyday.

I’m thinking 8 stars out of 10 for all ages.

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  1. There aren’t enough great movies for both parents and kids, but Pixar is a reliable provider of such fare. I’m ready for this one to hit the DVD shelves so we can add it to our collection of family favs.

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