I don't normally post movie reviews here, but since I've had multiple moms ask about this movie, I decided that this is the best place to answer the many questions.
Initially, I love the story of the independent princess who doesn't want to get married (especially as a mom of a 3 1/2 year old girl who already has her groom picked out and her wedding planned) and I am continually blown away by the animation by Disney/Pixar. I just wish that Disney and Pixar had stuck with this story and made it the feature story.
I don't want to give too much of the story away, but I don't think the trailer depicts the story well.
I fully expected there to be some violence and witchcraft/magic as per usual with Disney princess movies, but there was much more than I had anticipated. I'd estimate about 3/4 of the movie was violent and the "epic battle scene" was much more intense than that of Beauty and the Beast or even The Lion King.
My daughter said that she liked the movie, but that it was too scary. She tuned around in her seat and closed her eyes. She wasn't the only one either, there were a lot of screams and cries from little ones, as well as parents with small children exiting the theater during the movie.
If I had seen it without her first, I wouldn't have taken her.
Obviously, these are only the opinions of my daughter and me, you are free to decide what your kids can handle and decide what content you want to expose them to.
To read a review from an older child's perspective, click over to the Red Lotus Mama's blog for her Brave review.
Here is the official rating:
My daughter and I attended a prescreening of this film, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Allied. Our opinions are our own.