The long-awaited Disney Pixar movie “Brave” is here and you may be wondering if you are “brave” enough to take the kids to see this movie. I recently was able to attend a sneak peek preview and will try to help you decide.
My children for weeks were talking about “Brave.” My middle daughter even wanted to have a “Brave” birthday party. So, it was with much anticipation and excitement that we attended our sneak peek in 3D.
“Brave” is the story of a teenage girl who is a princess – but she doesn’t really seem to want to act like one no matter how hard her mother tries to make her. She would much rather be racing across the highlands on her horse Angus and shooting with deadly accuracy her bow and arrow.
Her mother, Queen Elinor on the hand attempts to teach her manners (think Princess Diaries but with more teenage angst). It all comes to a head when the clans unite in order to participate in games to win the princess’ hand in marriage. Merida on the other hand has her own plans for her fate and learns to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.
I’ll try not to have too many spoilers, but there are some things parents may want to know before they go. While my daughter’s loved most of the movie, there were two distinct segments which frightened them. My five year old (normally my more daring and dangerous daughter) hid her head and covered her eyes during one fight scene. Both girls didn’t like when the (SPOILER ALERT) mom who had been turned into a bear started acting like one.
However, the loved the triplet brothers and found them incredibly funny and often laughed out loud during the scenes involving the boys. (They were adorable!) The girls also loved when Merida showed that girls can actually do something better than boys (but I won’t tell you what or how).
Now let me tell you a little bit about the movie. The colors were AMAZING and in 3D it was truly like you were right there. The characters were full of life and believable. I can actually see many married couples acting like this mom and dad/King and Queen. There was plenty of drama and comedy, as well as action and adventure. Some scenes were so captivating my kids even forgot about their Icee and popcorn.
There is one other scene where the men have to use their kilts rather creatively after being locked out of the castle, but that leaves them a little bare down there. Yes, you will see some animated adult bums, which some parents may not find appropriate for children. It actually happened so fast that my girls didn’t notice but I did see one or two moms covering eyes.
There are also some interesting life lessons to be learned after viewing the movie and it was actually fun to talk to all three of my girls and get their point of view about the boys, Merida, the mom and dad. It could be a fun discussion afterwards. I know it’s been three days and the kids are still talking about it and sharing scenes with their dad.
The movie is PG and after attending I can understand why. While only you can decide what’s best for your child to see, I would suggest that they are at least 5 and over.