Movie review: "Brave" is awesome, and not just because all the heroes are grrrls [also, spoiler alert]
When asked what he thought of the movie, my eight-year-old nephew said: It was awesome!
He's right, it is awesome.
Note to movie-makers: I was saying just recently that the Harry Potter stories would have been just as good if they'd been the Hermione Granger stories instead and now you have another data point - yes, boys do like movies where the hero is a grrrl.
Note to self: thank brother for not raising his kid to be a sexist jerk.
Note to parents: According to the official Disney website for Brave, the movie is rated PG, for some scary action and rude humor. For "rude humor" read "insulting sexist bit that could have been left out and thankfully nobody in the audience laughed anyway." As for scary action, they're not kidding. There's one scene near the very beginning where some of the kids in the audience started crying, and there were one or two more where my little nephew muttered in a small worried voice, "this is creepy" [he was right]. Fortunately, the action moves along quickly and especially the outcome of that early scene, we find out almost immediately, is not nearly so bad as it looked at first.
The animation is superb, and the story is pretty good too. There are castles and magic spells and warring clans and epic battles and all the characters speak with a Scottish accent [the tale is set in medieval Scotland, after all], and did I mention that all the heroes are grrrls? Also, the beautiful princess is an accomplished rock climber and archer, and her horse is her best friend and companion on many of her adventures.
And does the beautiful princess marry the handsome prince and live happily ever after?
[spoiler below the fold, stop reading now if you don't want to know]
No, she does not - for which the makers of this movie are to be highly praised. And yet, everyone lives happily ever after anyway!