Alright y’all. Pixar has done it yet again with their awesome summer movie Brave. Now, we have been waiting for this movie ever since we saw the trailer a couple of months ago. So when it finally came out this weekend, like every other 5-8 year old in America, we lined up to go see Brave on opening night. And it was totally awesome. Note: We did not see it in 3-D, so we can’t comment on whether that was worth your money. It was great in 2-D, though, so probably save your money? We are kind of cheap.
This would normally be the point of the blog post where we decide on some good and some bad points in the film… but honestly when it comes to highs and lows, Brave really didn’t have any low points. It was just a really solid and entertaining movie that reminded us why, even as adults, we can still not only appreciate but actively LOVE watching kids’ movies. Here is a brief, but hopefully compelling list of reasons why you should go see this movie:
1. It is the first Pixar movie that is headlined by a female protagonist. Let us note: Pixar’s first movie was Toy Story, which came out in 1995. In the last ten years, they’ve released one movie every single year. IT TOOK UNTIL 2012 FOR THEM TO HAVE A FEMALE PROTAGONIST. If this doesn’t convince you to go see it you should reconsider your life choices. Also, if you don’t go see if and they never make a movie with a female protagonist again, you can put that blame on herself.
2. Speaking of female protagonists, Merida (the main character) is awesome and has this fascinating hair that is almost like a character of its own… Seriously, that hair is fascinating to watch. Merida is so much more than her hair, though–she is a badass princess unlike any that you have ever seen before, and a completely appropriate role model for any person, male or female. Merida rocks.
3. You may think that you know what the movie is about, but YOU ARE WRONG. The trailers revealed an appropriate amount about the plot. We had a vague idea of what the general themes were but when you see the movie you will definitely still be surprised.
4. Merida’s little brothers were hilarious and completely worth seeing the movie for. Every time they came on screen we burst out laughing. Doing physical comedy with animation must be tough, but they really pulled it off for this movie–the three little brothers basically do slapstick all the way through and it is hilarious.
5. It is an excellent length. We always forget that kids’ movies are shorter than the average film. You definitely don’t feel like you are sitting in your seat forever and ever watching it.
6. The ending is lovely. Without giving anything away, there is a major conflict set up between Merida and her mother at the beginning of the movie. While it’s resolved by the end, it didn’t feel unnatural or like an agreement that either of the characters would refuse to come to. Props, script department.
7. “La Luna,” the short film before Brave plays, is PRESH. The little boy and his father and grandfather are just amazing. We always love seeing how much Pixar can do without any dialogue at all.
Just in general this movie is really great and totally worth your money! At this point surely we have all come to terms with the fact that Pixar movies are definitely not just for kids. So go out, support Pixar, support female protagonists, and have a sweet time at the movie theater. Brave is worth it.