I have waited so long to see the movie Brave. I promoted it earlier this year, but when it was available in theaters I never had the opportunity to go.
I finally saw part of the film in September on a plane ride out to Los Angeles. Sadly I was a bit tired and dozed off so I only had a chance to see about a 1/2 hour of the film. I have been anxious to see it all the way through.
Brave is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s also available on Demand so you don’t have to go out and buy the Blu-ray. You can quickly and easily order the film directly from your on Demand service. Best of all ordering the movie on Demand is inexpensive and budget friendly. In fact you can invite a lot of people over and watch the movie together. I think it’s a lot more fun that way. You can make a party out of it, or a “viewing party” complete with popcorn, soda, candy and other yummy treats.
We ordered Brave on Demand and invited some friends over for a viewing party. Some of them have already seen the movie but they were still excited to see it again.
Ordering the movie on Demand was only a few dollars. I also picked up plenty of treats. Since it’s the holiday season even the treats were on sale.
As you can see I wen tall out and had A LOT of yummy foods on hand. Not pictured are the beverages (soda, tea, coffee, water and juice), the popcorn tin and popcorn bags and cupcakes I created.
We had chips, pretzels, cheese puffs, assorted cheeses, turkey pepperoni, assorted crackers, cookies, Crudités and dips. We had popcorn too (not pictured). I was going to pop popcorn but I used a tin of popcorn instead (caramel, cheddar and butter flavored popcorn).
We had balloons to decorate but the kids popped them (much to the dismay of our cats and our dog). Apparently they were more fun to pop then they were floating around the living room and dining room.
I set up the dining room with some crayons and Brave coloring pages for the two little ones to color while the parents chatted. I sent the remaining coloring pages home with them. In hindsight I should have snapped some pictures of them.
I also made Brave cupcakes. Well, I didn’t actually make the cupcakes. I didn’t have time to make them so I purchased a dozen pre-made cupcakes. I just added arrows to the top of the cupcakes to decorate them with a Brave theme in mind.
I made the arrow by cutting a triangle piece out of a Starburst candy. I carefully make a little hole in one side with the tip of a sharp knife then inserted a pretzel stick. Then I took the remaining piece of candy and made a groove in the center with the non-sharp side of the knife. Then I gently pressed the pretzel on to it. Finally I used the sharp end to cut more grooves in the end to make it look more like an arrow.
We also had some Brave cups to drink with (I let the kids drink with them) and the Brave movie soundtrack to listen to before and after the movie when we just sat around, chatted and ate. To be honest I didn’t really “hear” it much because I was took busy talking.
We also had Brave tee shirts. I also gave them to the kids. My husband tried one on just because he’s goofy. I think he’s crushing on Merida. LOL! He also likes Ariel from the Little Mermaid. I think he has a thing for ladies with flaming red hair. Ha Ha!
Once everyone had settled in it was time for the movie to start on TV.
Here is a brief synopsis of the film;
Pixar Animation Studios whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition. Bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixar’s signature humor, for the whole family. The Film is rated PG.
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery.
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman and produced by Katherine Sarafian
I made the room dark (as you can see from the photo) so the room had more of a movie theater feel to it. I also put on some fake candles. We have an electric fireplace which I put on too (just the fake fire, not the heat). The two little ones loved sitting in front of it to watch the movie.
We LOVED the movie. It wasn’t your typical girly/princess type film. Yes, Merida is a princess, but she’s a reluctant princess. She’s more of a “tomboy” at heart. She’s also a typical rebellious teenager who wants to do her own thing and not follow the life that her mother has planned out for her.
Even my son admitted that he liked the film. When I asked him which was his favorite part he said he loved the part where the men were chasing around what they thought was the bear in the castle, when it was really the young princess pretending to be the bear.
The movie was not only very entertaining and funny, it also had a serious message to it and it taught a life lesson. Life might not always turn out the way you want it to. Also, sometimes in life you have to compromise. You also have to listen to what your friends and loved ones have to say and learn what you need to take to heart and what you don’t have to take so seriously. You also cannot be afraid to stand up for yourself and your beliefs. The movie also showed you how your family is always there for you, through the good and the bad.
Visually speaking the movie was stunning. It had a very realistic look to it. It felt like you were riding right along side Merida as she raced through the woods on her horse.
The music was a great touch too. You can find the same music on the movie soundtrack CD.
Check out a trailer for the film. If you are reading this post via e-mail you can see the trailer here, http://bit.ly/USxfzo.
One of the great things about watching a movie in the comfort of your own home is that you can control the volume. Sometimes movies are too loud, other times they are not loud enough. In our case we had to up the volume a bit when our dog was barking at a delivery truck.
We loved the movie and we’re grateful that we had the opportunity to watch it on Demand. Now that we’ve seen it we plan on adding it to our family’s movie collection.
That is another great thing about Demand services, it gives you the opportunity to “try before you buy”. That way you can see the movie at the fraction of the price of a new Blu-ray or DVD before you decide to add it to your movie collection or not.
We’re giving Brave “two thumbs up”. If you haven’t seen it yet I would highly recommend it.
Contact your local cable or satellite provider to order Brave on Demand today!
*I received free party supplies and a gift card to cover the cost of others supplies, however there was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own unless otherwise noted.