Brave tells the story of Scottish Princess Merida as she fights her mother's wish to marry her off to a member of an allied clan. Obsessed with destiny, Merida turns to the supernatural to try and change hers with disastrous effect. To fix what went wrong, she must take her mother on an adventure where they learn the importance of listening and compromise.
There's been a lot of talk about what a strong character Merida is. And indeed, seeing a princess who is not only proficient in combat arts but actively fights against being paired up with "Prince Charming" was refreshing. The only love story in the film was the one between Merida and her mother. The mother/daughter relationship was so well written and some of the aforementioned tears were the result of being reminded of my own teenage interactions with my mother. Teenagers can be cruel, parents can be angry and unyielding.
At times it was laugh out loud funny, other times it was scary, and I spent about 25 of the 90 minute running time sobbing. It had adventure, suspense, and sentimentality. It was Pixar's doing its best at everything Pixar does best.
So..."Can I take my five year old to see Brave?" I'd say "yes", with a few caveats. There are some scary scenes with vicious bears (there are also plenty of cute scenes with bears). Kitty was scared and grabbed my arm, but didn't get so upset that we had to leave. There was a younger child in the theater who cried during some of the more intense scenes. There are