June 30, 2012 at 8:34 am | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ½

This visually lush movie shows Pixar at its animation best, if not its story-telling best.  The scenes of Scottish woodlands (dripping with moss), of shimmering lochs and streams, of craggy hilltops covered in fog are so beautifully rendered that this film is definitely a feast for the eyes.  Just Merida’s wild tresses are a feat in and of themselves.  However, the story and dialogue hardly rise to the level of other Pixar works and feel more like typical Disney fare, which is to say that, if you liked “Lion King” or “Mulan,” you will certainly enjoy this.  I see no reason to go to this film for the story (unless you want to impress its very modern post-feminist message on your young children) but, if you are a lover of animation, I think this gorgeous film is worth checking out—on the biggest screen you can find.

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