Blog #157: Movie Review: Brave

I was looking forward to Brave ever since I saw the first preview.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Spoiler’s ahead.

Brave is the story of a young Scottish princess named Merida, who’s fiery and wild hair are a perfect match for her personality.  She wants no part of her responsibilities as a princess.  When it is time for her to be married to the first-born son of one of the other clans, she wants no part of it.  As is her right, she choose archery as the contest to decide which of the three she will marry and then proceeds to shoot for her own hand.  Needless to say this does not sit well with her mother.

The basic story of a mother and daughter not seeing eye to eye has been done many times, but I really liked the way they did it here, as Merida’s attempt to change her fate has some very unexpected consequences.  I never saw it coming that her mother was going to be turned into a bear, or that the bear that took her father’s leg years before was the same bear from an ancient legend.  Her three little brothers, or “wee devils”, as she refers to them are the perfect comic relief, as is her father, King Fergus.  The movie is filled with jokes, action, and arrows flying all over the place.

There are a few things that bothered me.  First off, the wisps (or will o’ the wisps).  They didn’t really explain them.  I mean, I kind of got the point, but a little more explanation would have been nice.  It also seems just a little lacking in story that Merida just happens to be led to the witch by the wisps.  It seems like she should have had to do something more to get the spell, to actually seek it out, rather than stumble upon it led by the wisps.  Perhaps the witch could have told her where to get the spell and she would have to go on a quest for it, or something.

Overall I really enjoyed it.  I wouldn’t mind a sequel to this one, as I think there is a lot to explore in Scottish mythology and legend, and Merida is a really great leading character.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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2 Responses to Blog #157: Movie Review: Brave

  1. CMrok93 says:

    The first 30 minutes or so had me pumped up like no other but once that big twist in the story happens, it all goes downhill from there. However, kids will love the heck out of this film and you can’t go wrong with them. Nice review.

  2. starry eyes says:

    Thanks so much for your review on Brave; I have read a lot of mixed reviews on it. A few of my co-workers at Dish told me the animations are amazing. They sure do look great on the trailers I have seen. This weekend I plan on taking the kids to go see it since they have been bugging me ever since we got the video game in the mail from Blockbuster @Home the other day. I’m just glad we do not have to return the game right away because I want to play it too!

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