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|Virtually everyone thought Brother Bear was great. Kids, teens and adults, both male and female, gave it some very high opinions. You know it's a movie people really enjoyed when so many of the opinions are "Fantastic" and "Excellent." Equally important is the fact that there were very few low opinions.
TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SEE BROTHER BEAR!
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
This is the story of three brothers who lived long ago - when the great mammoths still roamed the magnificent, unspoiled American Northwest. |
Kenai, the youngest of three brothers, is about to receive his totem - a symbol revealed by the Great Spirits to help guide him through life. When Tanana (the village Shaman) presents him with a carved bear - the symbol of love - he is deeply disappointed. He had been hoping for something a bit more important - like the eagle totem (representing guidance) received by his oldest brother Sitka, or the wolf totem (for wisdom) of his brother, Denahi. Sitka tries to comfort him, but Denahi teases him mercilessly.
Shortly after, Kenai discovers that a bear has stolen his basket of fish, and he impulsively charges after the animal. His brothers pick up his trail and race off to protect him. Trapped in a fierce confrontation, Sitka makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his siblings by breaking off a piece of glacier. The brave brother plunges to his death while the bear emerges unharmed from the waters below.
Ignoring Denahi's advice and the village teachings of brotherhood, Kenai tracks down the bear he holds responsible for Sitka's death. Against overwhelming odds, he ultimately battles and kills the bear. At that moment, the Great Spirits, in the form of the Northern Lights descend on Kenai and transform him into the very creature that he most despises. Meanwhile, Denahi, having discovered his younger brother has gone after the bear, comes upon the scene just after Kenai has changed. Seeing the bear standing over his brother's torn clothes and broken spear, he assumes the worst - another brother has fallen to a bear. Forsaking his peaceful philosophy, Denahi is enraged and vows to track down the bear who killed his brother.
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