No matter how old we all get, I think it's safe to say that you can enjoy a classic animated movie at any age. Finding Nemo? Perfection. Toy Story? Amazing. This weekend, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar add another awesome flick to the mix with Brave, a film following Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) as she defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. My favorite part? This is the first movie from Pixar that applauds the heroics of a female person for a change. Yes, please!
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, Brave also features the talented voices of famed actors Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, and Billy Connolly among others. It seems like Brave has all the makings for an epic kid-friendly movie: A beautiful princess with hair for days, great graphics, and a fun storyline. But what do the critics think? Check out their Brave reviews, here:
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:
Youngsters with a taste for adventure will no doubt overlook the movie's workmanlike outlines and applaud its spirited, self-reliant heroine, who proves to be as appealingly unruly as her tumble of Titian curls.
Claudia Puig, USA Today:
It's a lively, psychologically astute tale filled with humanity, wit and charming performances.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:
OK, Brave isn't The Incredibles or Toy Story. So? It's still a rousing, gorgeously animated good time.
The good news is that the kids will probably love it, and the bad news is that parents will be disappointed if they're hoping for another Pixar groundbreaker.
Turns out to be much less about the qualities that mark a heroine built to interest a 21st-century audience of girls, boys, and accompanying adults, and much more about the complexities of mother-daughter relations.
I like it, and I can't get enough of those orange curls! Can I have some, please? Here's to hoping that Merida is one of many female heroins to come. Watch the Brave trailer, here: