“Brave” is directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell (co-director). story written by Brenda Chapman, screenplay by Mark Andres, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi.

Move over Disney Princesses! Princess Merida is the new royal chick on the block who uses a sword, does archery, rides a war-horse, and decided to change her fate by going against tradition and refusing to wed.

Merida then seeks to put things in her world to rights and make her mother understand her perspective, facing danger and trying to unravel a riddle.

This movie was refreshing in the best kind of way, cartoons that challenge traditions and set-up new role models for girls is always welcome. And needed.

I had the pleasure of seeing this movie with two companions, one a 7-year old. She said that she really enjoyed it – there were scary parts and sad parts and she really liked Merida.

I liked it too. It was great to finally see a movie princess who was good with being single and didn’t do everything perfectly. I loved that her hair was wild and curly and rarely tamed and that, in one sequence, she rock climbed. Yeah, I have my biases.

The movie was thoughtful and moving, I really enjoyed how Merida’s family was portrayed, while her relationship with her mother is at the core of the film, her father and brothers are certainly a part of the dynamic as well.

I think as women, we do spend some amount of time trying to reconcile the roles that our mothers play and the role we seek to crave out for ourselves.

Pixar does a lovely and brilliant job with animation, Merida’s hair especially was wonderful. I saw it in 3D, but the 3D wasn’t key to either the plot or the animation, you could comfortably see this movie in straight up 2D and you won’t miss a thing.

The best thing about this movie was that the previews don’t give the story away, the plot is filled with surprises and twists and keeps one interested and engaged.

Totally recommend seeing this movie, in theatre if you can manage.

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