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by Lei Landicho


Disney Pixar has yet again given its viewers the sought-after twist they have long deserved. After its release of Cars 2, they present a rather radical animation centered on the story of a rebellious princess with an unexpected turnout of events the viewers would not get from the trailer. “Brave” is a film which has given a spotlight on the shadowed roles of women in the productions of Pixar. As the 13th installation of the production, “Brave” is a breakthrough from its seemingly glued gender roles as evident in their previous masterpieces.

“Brave” stages the role of Merida, a Scottish princess ready to make her hands dirty on the imaginary lands of a Scotland empire. She is feisty and aggressive, not your typical 20th century damsel in distress. She is the affable King’s and uptight Queen’s first-born, automatically placing her in the snare of an ancient tradition. Legend has it that the female first-born of an empire must marry a lad from another ally empire through a series of games which the princess must decide on. This event in the film makes Merida the embodiment of novelty and departure of Disney movies from society’s formulaic typecasts. She is a princess who does not want a prince.

But that is just one story. As the movie progressed, the chronicles of a teenage rebellion shifted to a heartfelt mother-daughter connection which the viewers might not saw coming. In fact, the primary storyline rests on the conflict which has arisen from this relationship. This element of unpredictability gave “Brave” a memorable feat through its effective employment of tear jerking and comedic appeal to its audience.

Its beautifully crafted, state of the art computer graphics – evident on the tattered landscape of nature and Merida’s flaming, kinky mane – gave life and color to the complex plot of the film. Indeed, Pixar has efficiently made use of the technologies the United States has boasted of.

Overall, “Brave” has enticed a wide array of moviegoers, still parallel to the other movies Pixar had produced. Its effective utilization of the necessary duality of story and cinematic display kept its viewers’ expectation on them intact. Without a doubt, “Brave” is a great tale for all ages, fully-packed with adventures, radicalism, and heart.

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