Mars Movie Reviews – Brave

Movie Info: Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. — (C) Disney

Mars Review: Brave breaks Disney fairytale legacy and in doing so finally creates believable female characters that form the emotional core to the whimsy, terror and tradition of this magical Celtic tale.  Visually, Brave is as spectacular as you would expect, making it is easy to become immersed in this vibrant and rich world. If you have kids, you’ll want to take them to Brave, and they’ll almost certainly have a good time.  If you’re an animation buff, you may have quibbles with the film, which looks great but isn’t up to Pixar’s high standards in terms of story.  It’s not brilliant like Ratatouille or Finding Nemo but it’s not a total dud either, like Cars 2.

Stars: 3 1/2 out of 5