The Red Headed Disney Princess

I saw the new Disney/Pixar film ‘Brave’ last night at an advance screening. In tow with me was a 9 year old girl, the perfect age for this movie.

The story is about a Scottish princess Merida. Merida is a free spirit who enjoys archery and doing whatever she pleases. The very idea of acting like a proper princess goes against her very being. Merida is around the age of 16, and her mother says it’s time for her to pick a suitor. This deeply angers Merida who believes she should be in control of her own destiny. After meeting with the three suitors, she throws a fit and runs away from home. She stumbles on a witches house (a woodcarving witch who is obsessed with bears). One thing leads to another and the witch gives her a spell to change her mother and ultimately Merida’s destiny. The spell doesn’t go as planned, and her mother is changed into a bear. This is a nice twist of irony as her father is known as the king of bears. Now Merida has two days to figure out how to break the spell, or else her mother with be stuck as a bear forever.

It’s a cute story, but not very entertaining for anyone over the age of 10. There are funny moments, especially with Merida’s three younger brothers. And it wouldn’t be a Pixar movie without all of the touching scenes between parent and child. But other than that I was bored through most of the movie. Merida is a great protagonist though. She has balls of steel and doesn’t want (or need) a prince charming to save her. Merida want’s to be in control of her own life, something most girls living in her time were not in control of. She also has the rare case of having both parents alive in a Disney movie. The premise of the movie is pleasant, and it has a good message for young girls. The animation is typical Pixar which makes it easy on the eyes. The voice acting was perfect. Kelly Macdonald voiced Merida, giving her a special charming attitude.

But even with all of that, I wasn’t charmed by this film. It’s no ‘Toy Story 3’ or ‘Finding Nemo’. But it’s still an enjoyable kids movie that will make a lot of money simply for being a Disney/Pixar Film. The 9 year old however, loved it. And really that’s all that matters.

I give it a solid 6 out of 10.

-Lauren

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5 Responses to “The Red Headed Disney Princess”

  1. james overholt Says:

    I am going on 31 and I loved the whole film….seen it 4 times! You my dear know NOTHING about being a film critic! You are arrogant and lazy and care NOTHING for story or the movie in a whole. My advice get a life and a real job! This job as a film critic is best left to the professionals! Such as myself!

    • Girls with Comics Says:

      This is the most fantastic response to anything we’ve ever done. Thanks for the amusement!

    • Michael Says:

      I’m going on 28 and I love this blog. I’ve read it 4 times. You James, know NOTHING about being a blog troll. You are lazy and arrogant and care nothing for the fact that you forgot to call the author a fag or wish she would get cancer. My advice is get a life and a real job. This job as an Internet troll is best left to professionals, like myself.

  2. Pat Gavin Says:

    So film critics are only supposed to say they like every movie they see?

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