Pixar has come under fire during the last few years. When you come out of the shoot with Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, you’re going to be hard-pressed to keep that batting average. Finally, with last year’s Cars 2, the shroud was readied: Disney murdered Pixar. Well, the good news is, we don’t have to pull the plug just yet. Brave may not be Toy Story, but it certainly isn’t Cars 2.
Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a headstrong Scottish tomboy. When she is forced to endure an age-old custom of determining her future spouse, she snaps and competes in the archery competition herself. Family squabble ensues and Merida enlists the help of a forest witch to cast a spell that goes awry. She has 48 hours to mend the rift or the spell will become permanent.
I have always said that if the artists at Pixar have a flaw, it’s that they are more in love with the animation than the story. This film suffers slightly from that: while it may not be the most compelling story—frankly, it’s a tad esoteric—it is absolutely visually breathtaking. Truth be told, this is a noble effort, but given the choice, I would still stay home and rent Up.
It's a 6.