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…
I never imagined I would say this, but Pixar are certainly capable of a train wreck. If you told me it was going to happen, I would have predicted it would be Cars or one of the more unnecessary sequels. But no, it turns out to be Brave, which is really anything but.
Overly formulaic and lacking any real spark, this film lacks an overarching sense of intent, and the hands required to steer this project on the right course. A terrible first act, a solid second act, and a good third act. If first impressions are everything, Brave flounders. How to Train Your Dragon was comparable in this regard, but it quickly found the heart to win over its…
Going into Brave, I was anything but. The reviews for it, well, weren't exactly stating the film to be up to Pixar standard. They said the story was too formulaic. The scope just wasn't the same. The heart wasn't there.
After just getting out of the film not even an hour ago, I can say that most of the reviews are full of it. This is an absolutely beautiful film that tells a straightforward story to great results. This is Pixar's attempt at a Disney tale, and they do it by giving them the one of the best cinematic middle fingers I've ever seen. The Pixar company takes this seemingly formulaic story, and changes it up. This time, the princess…
Beautiful to look at with some fun characters and moments of wonder but a simplistic story, perhaps the over influence of Disney, makes you yearn for Merida to break through the exquisitely rendered forest in search of some depth and a bigger world.
In terms of Disney/Pixar stuff, Brave is kinda second rate. First of all, it seems to be springboarding off the success of The Hunger Games (eg, a young female hero who uses a bow and arrow); I'm more used to other movies trying to use Disney/Pixar ideas. The more entertaining a movie is, the more I can forgive a lack of innovation.
Brave ends up middle-of-the-road in that respect. Most of Brave's storyline feels pretty tired and overdone. While the ensuing chaos has a unique bend to it, it doesn't feel used to its full potential. A big pot of ideas halfway cooked. As a way to burn an hour and a half, Brave is fine. But it's been eclipsed before, and honestly, it's been eclipsed since.
Although some elements of the animation (the bears especially) aren't up the Pixar's usual standards, the story and characters are probably the best they've ever done. Easily one of the best portrayals of a mother/daughter relationship. And the vocal cast (particularly Connolly, Walters and Macdonald) are excellent.
Brave is much more of a generic Disney princess cartoon than the creative concept/world that Pixar normally releases. Visually this is very bland and is barely a step up from the morning cartoons that are shown in the morning on the Disney Channel. Maybe a lot of the disappointment is how closely this looks and sounds like the How To Train Your Dragon series. Where those movies succeed at the world building and original looking dragons, this movie fails with some of the worst looking bears.
All the build up for the movie talked about finally having a female hero as the lead. If you take out maybe 3 scenes of archery the princess does nothing. She is still the…
The story is a bit slow in places but overall I think it's a good one. Add in the beautiful animation, talented voicework and known humor expected from Pixar and I think this is one of their best.
It's different but in a good way and with a heroine I'm glad future generations will get to see and root for.
Enjoyable but not one I would put in my top list of Disney films, I think its down to the lack of songs!
Brimming with humour and plenty of visual splendour, Brave works very well as a character-driven drama, as well as sending a positive message about the importance of independence and free spirit over the limits of tradition.
It's enough to make you miss Scotland, probably even if you've never lived there.
- 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
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