Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Change your fate.
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.
Pixar are experiencing a turbulent time of late as their impeccable track record has become a little patchy. This was always going to happen, no studio can produce classic after classic at the rate they did, but what is the reason for this gradual decline? I think it is easy to blame it on the Disney influence, the move towards sequels (something Pixar tried to steer clear of in the past) certainly points to this, but could it be simply a migration of talent? Look at the studio’s greatest achievements and they have been guided by a small but elite group of directors who have all either moved onto pastures new or have greater business commitments with the House of…
Another collaboration between Disney and Pixar and yet another slight disappointment (after the waves of reviews that called it a "mediocre" film, it was hard to come to it with very high expectations, but I was still expecting it to be a little better than this. After all, it's Pixar)—it's now clear to see that Pixar and the filmmakers behind the animation house are going through a period of lack of imagination and originality—the latest films we've seen from them were sequels, prequels and this, which is definitely one of their least charming and original films to date.
Allow me to clarify something, Brave is definitely one Pixar's best works on a technical level—the animation is more stunning than ever,…
Pixar did the right thing by the viewer in not giving away the film’s central plot twist in the trailer, but in doing so set its audience up to expect a run-of-the-mill Disney plot with fancy clothes and hair.
The Disney influence is evident, but mostly just in the first act: songs are kept to a merciful minimum (if only they’d done the same with Billy Connolly!), and once the story starts to unfold, Pixar’s wit and charm comes to the fore.
On a technical level, the sheer scope of the woodland setting makes this Pixar’s most impressive accomplishment to date, and Merida’s bright orange ringlets probably deserve an effects Oscar all of their own.
But the real triumph is in the delivery of a fable full of strong female role models, without falling back on the tiresome clichés that populate many of Disney’s more popular films.
If you had a chance to change your fate, would you?
It's a good film, just not a good PIXAR film. It will never be heralded as one of their groundbreaking films, and it won't be regarded as good as most of their other films. In fact this is awfully close to the Disney brand of Princess movies unfortunately.
It's saving grace is the character of Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who is extremely charming and fun to watch with her wild uncontrollable red hair. While she is a princess, she's unlike any other princess Disney has seen before.
There's several other memorable characters too, most notably King Fergus voiced by Billy Connolly who I always enjoy, but…
A collaboration between Disney and Pixar is always a salivating thought, the world's greatest family entertainment brand teaming up with arguably the finest animated production house in modern cinema. Brave is the concoction delivered, seen as a modern fairytale in the vein of Hans Christian Andersen by co-director Brenda Chapman, hearteningly the first female helmer of such a major animated project--until she was replaced by Mark Andrews, though Chapman remains pleased with the final product. They oversee a picture that looks utterly sumptuous, riven with some stunning animated achievements that push the technology to potentially it's limit, and equally it's stocked with solid voice performers and bags of heart... yet it's missing something and on first glance it's difficult to…
Imagine for a second if Pixar made a Disney film. That film would be Brave.
Yes, this is more of a Disney film than a Pixar film, but it really works here. This film is filled with strong female characters that you can root for, especially the lead heroine voiced by Kelly MacDonald. Princess Merida is a likable and strong heroine who women, especially little girls, can and should be able to relate to; I'd put her up there with some of the best Disney princesses out there. You get amazing voice talents from a wonderful cast that includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson, and Billy Connoly who really stood out in my mind. Each character has a lot…
I love this movie
The film’s first act reaches its emotional climax in the competition for the princess’s hand in marriage. After the three suitors have had their turn, she defiantly shoots for her own hand in marriage. She literally has to rip her dress in order to draw back an arrow, and proceeds to hit the bullseye on all three targets, and splits the arrow on the third target. The third is done with her pulling back the arrow and releasing it in slow motion. It had all the trappings of an iconic moment, but the problem is it wasn't set up at all. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve basically seen the entire buildup to this scene. And rather than being a…
the queen's a bear
Everything up to the [spoiler] transformation [/spoiler] is great. The rest of the movie alternates between being either too frantic or desperately stretching itself out trying to reach 90 minutes.
Merida had no idea what was in that pastry, for all she knew the pastry could've killed her mother. That would've probably changed her fate as well. She ha She didn't strike me as brave as much as just a huge brat. I mean her situation was intense and unfair but you don't lie and poison your mother. I mean unless she's supposed to be a not-quite-good-not-quite-bad sort of character. Also, I was unclear about what made her mom change her mind. She spent a few days as a bear, they ventured through the forest for a while eating berries, how did this adventure convince her mother not to force her to get married? Was she afraid she'd poison off her husband the moment she got one? The movie was gorgeous so it's too bad there wasn't more plot and explanations.
The wisps were cool that's it.
Great visuals, story leaves something to be desired.
I was disappointed in part because at a crucial point in the film I thought that it was going to be groundbreaking and then Pixar totally dropped the ball. Godd strong female characters can only be so effedtive if being strong means embodying traditionally masculine characteristics. If the only difference between a girl character and a boy character is their gender, then you're still playing into stereotypes. I'd love to see a film where traditionally feminine characteristics are portrayed heroically. A character like that could appeal to boys and girls and not play into gender stereotypes. There was a moment where I thought [spolier] the most heroic thing she can do here is SEW. How brilliant is that? But, of…
Not an awful film but not up to the standards Pixar has made for itself.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The Reluctant Dragon
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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