Brave is a story filled with laughter, love, and learning. Princess Merida wants to find her own path in the world, not realizing how much chaos can be created by acting without thinking first. Although it is set in the past, Merida acts much like you would expect a normal teenager to act. With her youth come some progressive ideas, but she needs to also learn to pull from the past in order to make the most impact.
The main relationship in Brave is the one between Merida and her mother, Elinor. For the first half of the movie the two are constantly on each others nerves. Merida wants to spend her time practicing her bow and Elinor wants to help Merida become the perfect princess. When it comes to pass that Merida is to be betrothed to one of the sons of the one of the three other clans, these difference in opinions come head to head. Merida then decides to take matters into her own hands, acting in a way that not only causes fighting between the four clans but also in the end threatens to take her mother away for good.
When looking at the cover art and title Brave, I can say I was surprised at how the movie actually played out. I expected a story of a girl who wants to show she can be just as strong as the boys. Not to say that is not a good story, or that there wasn’t aspects of it in this movie, it is to say that Brave managed to take the story on a different path. After watching the movie, the title takes on a new meaning. It is a movie where being Brave doesn’t always mean fighting and putting yourself in danger. It can also have to do with coming to terms with your life, relationships, and ultimately growing up.
Along with a nice story, Brave has great character designs and funny dialogue. You will chuckle at not only the lines but also the visual gags, mainly revolving around the character designs of the clans’ sons. Merida’s brothers also add to much of the humor in the movie, their antics being a nice relief in case the more serious stuff gets a little too serious for you. But overall it should be said that Brave offers a movie which will not only teach you a little bit about parent-child relationships but make you laugh in the meantime.
Brave comes with five discs including DVD, two Blu-ray, digital, and Blu-ray 3D copies of the movie. The collection comes with a cornucopia of special features. There is one full Blu-ray disc of special features and more on the main Blu-ray disc with contains the film itself. The special features which are found on the Blu-ray and DVD versions are the short films; La Luna and The Legend of Mordu. It should be noted that La Luna is also on the Disney Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume Two, which comes out on the same day. The Legend of Mordu tells a fable in more detail of which is referenced many times during Brave. It is a good addition to the story on a whole. In addition to these short films, there are many more special features to fill your hours with Disney Pixar magic.