Cars 2 was a dud. But it is Pixar, so you have to give it a chance. So, the question is can Pixar return to their former glory of Toy Story, Up, and Wall-E? Or is the first female lead in the animation studio, only going to be selling toys to red-headed girls?
Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is the Princess, forced to choose her eventual husband from the first born of the other kingdoms as dictated by tradition. Being the strong willed, heroine type, she refuses to do so, disobeying her family and entire reign in the process. A witch, er woodcarver, offers Merida the chance to change her mothers thinking, and Merida jumps at the chance to do so. However, in order to not ruin the movie, I won’t indulge any more details about the plot. Needless to say, things don’t go smoothly.
First things first: It was better than Cars. Whew. Now that that is out of the way, here is my ultimate review. It was good, but isn’t Pixar good. I had read that it was filled with more slapstick humor than any other Pixar film, and they were correct in saying so. The problem is, after Up, Wall-E, and the like, I hold Pixar to much higher standards. The sentimentality is still there, but isn’t as powerful. I will say it is one of the funniest animated movies in recent years, and is definitely one the whole family can enjoy.