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Brave Review: Not WALL-E But A Beautiful And Poignant Film

Brave Review: Not WALL-E But A Beautiful And Poignant Film


Brave is the latest masterpiece from Pixar. The story of a young, fiery red-head named Merida (who is the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor), is just as heartwarming as previous Pixar titles – yet far darker. Merida is a free-spirit and talented archer. She’s not your typical princess, especially not your typical Disney princess. She’s determined to define her own path in life, and when she discovers that her parents plan to hold a tournament for her hand in marriage – she is not going to go down without a fight.

Merida turns to the dark side in order to protect her fate and change her mother’s mind. She comes across an old witch who grants Merida’s wish to change her mother – only there are some serious strings attached. Her mother is changed alright – but into a bear. A bear very similar to the one that kingdom has been hunting for years. When Merida realizes what she has done, she has to find what the true meaning of bravery really is if she wants to save her mother before it’s too late.

At Brave‘s core there a story about a rift between a mother and daughter. Those challenging teenage years where no daughter agrees with their mother – and no mother understands their teenage daughter. Perhaps this is why the film doesn’t appeal to everyone. Mother’s will obviously relate, young girls will want perms and a kit of red hair dye, and teenage girls might have a moment of perspective that they won’t have again until their twenties.

Visually, Brave is stunning. However, the thought that lingers with you after the film ends isn’t that of the story. It’s how amazing Merida’s hair was. Not the typical memory of a Pixar film… usually you’ll remember developing deep emotional bonds to the characters in the first five minutes, crying your eyes out, and then how beautiful the film looked while burying itself deep in your heart.

So many critics have said that Brave is a disappointment – which i think is utterly absurd. Granted, I liked WALLE-E and Up more than Brave, but even the weakest Pixar title is far superior to a normal movie. Brave doesn’t make you cry in the first five minutes like Up, ball like a baby like Toy Story 3, or pull at your heart strings as you cheered for an adorable little robot. It’s incredible in its own way. Brave not only tells a beautiful and poignant story, but it is also visually superior to any animated movie I’ve ever seen. The voice acting was wonderful, the story was moving and the music was perfect. It’s an incredible film that will hands down be the best animated film of the year. Don’t miss out. Brave is worth seeing in the theaters and in 3D.

Grade: A-
Review By: Emma Loggins

Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. As an internationally recognized "Geek Girl", Emma updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002 and is also considered to be one of the top Atlanta bloggers and influencers!


  1. Great review, think i might go watch this one over “The Vampire Hunter”. I wish it was just as better as “Wall-E” which i sadly didn’t got to see at the Cinema.

  2. i enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as good as their past movies. my niece (who is 5) didn’t understand alot of what happened (with the witch/magic).


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