I loved it!
Disney/Pixar did a great job in creating characters you could come to care about in such a short amount of time. The character development was thorough, and, for quite possibly the first time ever in a Disney film, the main character's (Merida's) entire family was present and important to the plot. It was really nice to watch a movie in which the important relationship was the mother-daughter relationship, instead of the mother being dead or absent for the entire plot. It really was a wholesome film that focused on the importance of being an individual while also staying true to your roots. In the film, the question becomes, What is our fate and how can we reconcile this with our desires for our lives? This is an important message, and I'm so glad that Disney/Pixar decided to focus on it for what is arguably one of their most advertised movies recently.
For the kids, because BRAVE is based on Gaelic lore, the film has a lot of fantastical elements to it, such as magic and witches. Luckily, these are all presented in a humorous rather than scary fashion, so the movie stays upbeat and fun. Merida's three younger brothers add another funny element to the story, because they act just like typical little kids who would rather eat sweets than dinner, and who play pranks on the rest of the family.
Don't worry, though- there are plenty of moments for adults to enjoy in BRAVE, too! As in most Disney/Pixar movies, there are lines that will go over kids' heads, but make all the adults in the theater crack up. In BRAVE, these moments are scattered throughout the film, and I noticed them especially in scenes where there is a lot of kids humor, too.
My overall review of BRAVE is, Go see it!
Here is one last clip I'll share with you before BRAVE hits theaters this Friday. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the film. Enjoy!
FTC Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review. I was given the opportunity to see an advanced screening of BRAVE in exchange for a review and publicity about the film on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own. All clips were provided to me by Disney.