Brother Bear ring a bell? That was such an elaborate and touching story that this one completely lost me. I will admit that the animation is spectacular and that the characters are lovable though. The parents' marriage is very beautiful, there is place for several comedic elements and well, the mom behaving like a queen even with the body of a bear is the cutest thing ever! I couldn't stop myself from laughing. However, Merida, unlike her mom, learns her lesson about two seconds before it is too late. We are never given any indication on what exactly her lesson is and the witch as a comic relief (even though she was quite hilarious) didn't really fit into the otherwise slow pace of the movie.
The best thing this movie has achieved was giving us a strong heroin who doesn't need a hero by her side. At the end of the day, every single cartoon results in a damsel in distress in need of a saviour. Cartoons like Tangled and The Princess And The Frog have already introduced the idea of a strong female character, but they couldn't do without the love story. This movie doesn't have it and really, there wasn't any need for it. I'm not saying that this has to be the direction from now on, nor do I think that it should be the only one of its category. This was a great first step!
Do try and rent it if you get around to it, as I said, visually it is stunning! I do recommend it to my school mates (English majors), as there is plenty to learn from the Scottish accent! Also, if you don't look for a deeper meaning, it does have a great story with lovable characters.
Stay tuned, as I have recently been to the theater and have plenty to tell you! ;)