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Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Written by
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During the presentation of Princess Merida's suitors, one suitor is mentioned to have defeated a group of Vikings. Another suitor is mentioned to have defeated Romans. The Vikings did not enter Scotland until about 800 AD, almost 400 years after the Romans abandoned the British Isles in the 5th century. See more »
Where are you? Come out! Come out! Come on out! I'm coming to get you!
[young Merida laughs as she hides under the table]
Where are you, you little rascal? I'm coming to get you!
[Elinor looks under the table but Merida quickly moves to hide somewhere else]
Hmm. Where is my little Birthday girl, hm? I'm going to gobble her up when I find her!
[Merida comes up behind Elinor and goes to run away but Elinor catches her]
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After the credits, the crow arrives to deliver all the wood carvings Merida bought. See more »
Brave is not a bad film by any means, but it doesn't do anything to stand out either. The characters are decent, the story is decent, but despite the title, the film takes no chances and plays everything quite safe. This is a basic story of a girl defying her parents, and while there are occasional moments where the story seems to be headed in an interesting direction, it quickly steers back to its simple core tale.
The easiest comparison to this film would be The Little Mermaid, another story of a young princess going against her parent's wishes and following her heart. The major difference in the two is that Ariel from The Little Mermaid has goals and ambitions, a distinct idea of what she wants in life, while Merida from Brave just wants to be free in a very vague and general sense. She comes across more like a concept than a character, a feeling that extends to the entire film.
Brave is at best a straight-forward, well-animated morality tale. Children will probably enjoy it and it's certainly watchable for adults, though they might find themselves wishing they were watching a different, more interesting Pixar movie.
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