It’s hard out there for a Pixar. When you’ve done a movie that rated 100% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, and another that went 98%, well, you’ve set a bar that’s higher than the one at the top of that building from Ghost Protocol, which, I don’t know if they have a bar at the top of that building, but shouldn’t they? And, of course, that’s not what “bar” means in that phrase, and you maybe can’t drink there anyway, but you know what I mean.
So, “Brave” could apply to just trying to make a movie with such a history on your heels, and this one does surprisingly well. Everyone’s all Scottish, so the accents are fun and there are kilts. Even English legend Emma Thompson does a kind of brogue, but she still sounds smarter than everyone else. There’s some very funny stuff and some nice family stuff and some bears. It’s really one of the most thoughtful and nuanced looks at the many moods of animated bears since Jungle Book. This movie goes a long way toward bears reclaiming their place in the entertainment food chain after a certain toilet paper campaign has all but ruined them.
My guess is that this movie would be especially good for mothers and daughters. There’s a great relationship developed here and it’s done in a truly entertaining way. I suppose it would strike a chord, but I recognize there is stuff that goes on with the mother-daughter relationship that I’ll never understand. Or even ask about. I’m not nearly that brave.
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