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Who’s Going to See Brave Tonight?


As I’ve mentioned, the “French Movie Club” consists of my husband, David, and my two older kids. Apparently, they don’t want to exclusively see movies my four-year-old would appreciate. So, relegated to babysitting duty, I’ve missed most of the summer’s big hits.

Tonight, however, we’re going to see the long awaited Brave. Anyone else going? I don’t want to read any reviews of the film, because I want to go in with no expectations. However, I did scan these paragraphs from Rebecca Cusey, which whetted my appetite:

Brave, the first release from Pixar to star a female lead, is a bit of a conundrum for the movie critic.

It’s one of those flicks in which a writer should not reveal the central surprise that comprises the bulk of the movie.

Is it a review if I say I liked it very much and just leave it at that? I suppose not. I will tell you, however, that the film is nothing like what you expect going in, having seen the trailer and ads.

The set-up is there, to be sure. Merida (voice of Kelly McDonald) looks at first glance to be your now-typical modern girl-power female warrior. A mess of raucous red hair and inappropriate table manners, she does not want to marry a leader of a local clan and settle into a feminine world of gentility. She’d rather shoot her arrows and ride her horse and let her hair flow untamed.

Girls are as good as boys. They can fight too. Blah blah blah. That seems to be about the only story we get nowadays. But Brave only begins there. That Merida is strong and capable is a given, a starting point. Her mother (Emma Thompson) desperately wants Merida to conform, and not entirely for selfish reasons. The two females talk but do not speak the same language, hear each other but do not listen.

And so Merida comes to her choice and a spell that sets the story on its path.

Intriguing, no? Read the rest of the review here, and let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments section below!


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