(WLTX) - Every time I think Pixar simply can't make animation any better, they manage to prove me wrong. Such is the case with "Brave" - a visually hypnotic piece about a heroine from the Highlands.
Merida is a tomboy princess who isn't afraid to express her displeasure with an arranged marriage. Though she does have a choice of suitors, none seems to possess Cupid's arrow. Yes, Robin of Locksley would be ideal - but, unfortunately, he's already taken.
However, as soon as you think you have this story figured out, Merida is faced with an unBEARable obstacle. A witch's spell sidetracks the conventional course only to abandon us in the juvenile land of slapstick. It's cute for a while. But, eventually, we long for progression.
I'll be the first to admit, I hold Pixar films to the highest of standards. The "Toy Story" trilogy and "The Incredibles" are some of my favorite movies ever! And, while "Brave" has some greatness, it's nowhere near the pedigree I've come to expect. Mine, however, is the opinion of an adult. Children will likely savor the very moments I sighed. And, despite my frustrations with the story, I constantly remained captivated by the music and images. So, all in all, "Brave" delivers...just not where I had hoped.
For the record, there's also a little something extra for those who stay through the closing credits. It was cute - but not enough to alter my opinion. If your kids are ready to go, I'd suggest you follow their lead.
By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer