Set in the Highlands of 10th century Scotland, BRAVE tells the story of Merida, a young headstrong woman, who can put Legolas’s archery skills to shame, is about to be betrothed to one of 3 sons from other clans. Not being the kind of person who likes to be told what to do, Merida decides to fight for her right to party. Or for the right to her own hand. One of the two.
This doesn’t sit well with her mother, and the two of them have a nice big argument that really, only a mother and daughter can have. Words are exchanged and in the process, Merida destroys a tapestry with their family sewn on it. Merida runs off and stumbles upon a witch who can change her fate. It just so happens that her spell changes everyone’s fate. Merida must find a way to reverse the spell and undo all of the chaos she set forth by showing off those archery skills, all before “the second sunrise”.
BRAVE is an adventure to say the least. As far as the animation, it is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen, even in 3D. At times I had to remind myself that I was watching an animated movie. Scenes involving wide shots with the characters running in the distance could have fooled me. The horse looks extremely realistic throughout and the scene (from the preview) where Merida’s arrow pierces another arrow right down the middle looks AMAZING. The detail the animators put into these parts is outstanding.
Another neat aspect of seeing it in 3D were the “wisps”. Wisps are little blue spirit-like orbs that lead one to their fate. These little fate orbs have some cool scenes where it feels as if they are floating right in front of you.
I highly recommend seeing BRAVE in 3D. I know I hardly ever prefer 3D to good ol’ 2D, but this is a must. The way the 3D works with this movie is just fantastic. As for the movie itself, it has something for everyone. Action, adventure, mystery, suspense, family issues and lil’ naked Scottish baby butts.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next week for a fresh new episode of Movies in the Mancave!