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.
Winner of Academy Award for Best Animated Film, Pixar's Brave is their only Oscar-winning feature to date that doesn't feel worthy of such honour for it travels a much safer & risk-free route unlike any of their previous works plus features a narrative that bears more similarity to Disney films than Pixar's unconventional method of storytelling.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, Brave tells the story of Merida; a skilled archer & princess who defies an old-age custom of her kingdom by choosing to not be betrothed. Wanting to take control of her own life rather than let it be decided by others, she stumbles upon a witch & asks for a spell to fulfil her wish, which goes horribly wrong.
Directed by Mark…
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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…
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 have to admit that on second viewing I liked this a lot more than I did the first time I watched it.
So the title of this female led movie is Brave and yet part of the climax at the end involves sewing. Just saying...
As usual, pixar's animation is absolutely stunning. Particularly, the hair of the main character. However, due to the fact that it is pixar, I held this movie to a much higher standard. Which made it that much more of a disappointment.
The first half of the movie is a typical fairy tale setting full of all the clichés that go with these kind of stories. Wild princess trying to be tamed by her uptight mother on how to act like royalty etc. Then, after having a huge fight with the mother over arranged marriages, the girl runs…
A fairy tale with a scottish bent.
A tad too sugary at times, and criminally under-using of some quality characters.
Awesome scenery, and probably the finest bouncy animated hair thus far.
If you could change yer fate youldja?
Can we just forget this time that Pixar didn't animate great stories and epic set pieces but instead animated a purple nurple and a man shoving his ass into another's face.
Ps. Loved the soundtrack.
I feel bad for Brave. It's a good film in and of itself, but due to being produced by Pixar, it had a level of expected quality that was impossible to deliver, even if it came right after the debauchery that was Cars 2. Still, it's an entertaining, and small chapter, in the Pixar universe, and I'm fine with it.
“Brave”: a very interesting and compelling lead character surrounding by a very uninspired and generic story. Everything about “Brave” that succeeds is due to Merida voiced by Kelly Macdonald, for she mixes the generic Disney princess with a rebellious teenage girl. While this movie does feel more Disney than Pixar Merida is a far better character and role model than many recent Disney princesses.
The voice performance by Kelly Macdonald is very good and she brings a sense of charisma to the role that is lacking from most princesses in cinema. But while we are rooting for Merida the same can’t be said for any of the other characters in the film, especially Merida’s mother, Queen Elinor. Much of the…
At last a Disney film that is not based on romance and has a true heroine! (+ Scottish accent!!!) Loved every second of it...excellent background music, inspiring songs and touching storyline! a creative masterpiece
Oh, what a darling little movie!
This was one Pixar film that made me laugh less... and did not bring me to the brink of tears. That isn't to say it wasn't good. It just wasn't great. It felt very Disney. Perhaps I was hoping for the usual mindblowing-esque feeling from Pixar...
In any case, I still enjoyed this film. Here's to hoping that in some far off future when Pixar reveals it's grand universe in a singular film, that Brave would serve as an important part of this universe. :P
(Last Updated: 28 July 2015)
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