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…
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…
In more ways than one Brave marked a change for Pixar Studios. Narratively it is a far more traditional story than we have become accustomed to from the Lasseter group. Style wise it lacks the charm that formed the central themes in their previous productions. Despite this, Brave manages to stand out as the most technically proficient effort in the modern day genre.
Which makes the fact that the story itself peters out after such a promising opening, that much more disappointing. As a start point the setting of Scotland feels like a master stroke in the first section of the film. The soft welcoming voices of Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) warming us into their…
This was average at best, what's going on, I'm not use to Pixar being just average.
The animation is good but far from Pixar's best, the voice acting is decent but annoying in parts, and the story was just very unoriginal and mostly boring. The dad in this kept making me think of the dad in How to Train Your Dragon, and had me wishing I was watching that because it's a much better film. I hope Pixar hasn't become complacent because Brave is definitely not up to par with the standards they've set with previous films.
Overall it was just average in every way for me as an adult. It holds my 2 year olds interest for about 30 minutes then he's asleep. I can only hope Pixar returns to form with there next film.
This film is fucking tight. Fucking focus, man. Gotta love when a story knows what it's telling and what's talking about. You can't remove a single frame from here without hurting it.
"But it's not original! And, and, and Pixar decadency!"
Well, and a fuck you too.
História bacana que, assim como Frozen, subverte os papéis dos filmes de princesa ao trazer uma heroína forte que não depende de "príncipes encantados" para resolver os dilemas. Pena que alguns problemas de ritmo e a direção preguiçosa prejudique um pouco o resultado final.
Ver filme com a Loreninha é sempre legal. Quando é Pixar, então...
Does it make sense to say this is the first time I've watched a Pixar film and thought it didn't feel like one? It felt more like a typical modern Disney movie, which admittedly I haven't seen many of but the comparison seems like it's probably accurate regardless.
I just felt bored and rather ambivalent about the entire movie as I was watching it.
A lot of Pixar's films are about the relationship between father and son (Woody and Andy, Nemo and Marlin, Bob Parr and his kids, Carl and Russell). Those are obviously not all biological, but that relationship has served as the basis for a lot of Pixar's work. It was nice seeing that dynamic flipped to reflect…
Brave has great cinematic ambitions, and strains to be more than a kid's film. Just like the story it tells, the film is like hokey story-book royalty rippling with dark bestial themes. It's tragedy is that this is difficult stuff to handle if it's to avoid being a hybrid, spurned by both sides. It stays safe, courageous but without the recklessness which could lead to genius or folly.
The component pieces are all fantastic: recognisable medieval Scottish setting, with castles, clans and stunning landscape, populated by a strong core set of characters in the warm-hearted warrior king/father, the wise strict queen/mother with a smaller domain than she deserves, and Merida - a beautifully realised synthesis of the two. Destined for…
It's hard not to find yourself expecting excellence from a yet-unseen Pixar animation, but time and time again the studio behind many of the past two decades' finest computer-generated heroes meets expectations, with Brave equaling their usual high standards. As well as the usual, sumptuous animation, the main focus of Elinor and Merida's mother-daughter relationship provides a satisfying coda which is bound to have affected parents and children alike.
With a dazzling voice cast, including the excellent Kelly Macdonald as the red-headed lead, and Billy Connoly as her rotund father Fergus, Brave has quality in every aspect of its production. Its story and setting hark back to the legends of old, and this mythical feel helps give the slightly simple…
Brilliant! One more Pixar to go and I'm through.
Puede ser convencional para lo que Pixar ha representado en los últimos años, pero es sin duda una buena película, que da la sensación de estar formada por trocitos de otras: el título 'Brave' evocando a 'Braveheart', con ambientación escocesa incluida; escenas, personajes o premisas que recuerdan a Studio Ghibli, Robin Hood y a 'Hermano Oso'; o una princesa Disney, aunque con genuina personalidad y carácter por una vez.
Por otra parte, es impecable la animación con unas expresiones faciales y cabello de la protagonista capaces de dejarme embobado, hipnotizado por como fluían.
Set in Scotland, Princess Merida should have been a boy, an excellent archer and climber, following an argument with the Queen and a chance meeting with a witch, Merida finds that she doesn't have much time left to right her wrongs. The basic message of the movie is that you shouldn't judge everyone as you judge yourself and learn more that everyone is different.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
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