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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
not my fav pixar film but it was aight
Será feminismo cuando dejemos de reivindicar que las mujeres TAMBIÉN pueden ser heroínas. Enfatizo el "también" para que no me malentendáis, que ya os conozco; pero no os pienso llevar de la manita en la comprensión de mis complejísimos textos, ¿eh? Hale.
Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is a princess whose parents (voiced by Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly) have arranged a competition for her betrothal. She is having none of that, visits a witch (voiced by Julie Walters) and gets a spell to change her mother. This doesn't quite turn out as she expected though. Brave is an excellent children's film - like all the best fairy tales it has a happy ending but is nicely scary along the way, and this film is excellently animated. I even got used to hearing Mr Connolly's voice (he has really annoyed me since Quartet poor man).
Nette Fail-Save-Standard Story, leider viel zu hektisch und albern erzählt. Die Menge an Text hätte einer Gilmore Girls Folge alle Ehre gemacht. Das übliche Tränendrüsengedrücke, die üblichen Actioneinlagen und die üblichen übertrieben agierenden Figuren. 3 Sterne, minus 1 Stern für die elende Hektik.
Vista ya sabiendo lo que aguardar, y evitando la decepción de esperar una cosa diferente de Pixar, sigue pareciéndome de lo más flojo de la compañía (secuelas y películas para DVD aparte), pero no diría que una mala película de animación.
El principal problema es que es un proyecto que cambió de manos a la mitad Y SE NOTA MUCHO. Se mueve constantemente entre dos tonos diferentes y no termina de encontrar el suyo, aunque la música ayuda.
Como "peli Pixar" no destaca y como "actualización de las princesas Disney" sólo a medias, sobretodo ahora que tenemos Frozen.
Eso sí, pelazo.
As one with English as a second language, the Scottish (Or Irish, sorry for not knowing which) accent was troublesome to understand at some points. Subtext was a much needed tool for me. And I wonder if half the budget went into the girl’s hair animations. I would not mind if they spent a little less time on that, because the complexity drew much of my focus away from the rest of the film. Other than that it was a pretty decent movie, although it does not reach as high as the old classic Disney Pixar films, it was much worth the watch.
How do you rate a Pixar film nowadays? It's like trying to grade the papers of a straight-A student. A minor slip-up can feel major because they've managed to raise my expectations so high. I was a little leery going to this particular film, however, because I didn't really see much in the previews that made me think it would be original. Sadly, I was right in that assessment (perhaps my preview radar is improving.) While Brave certainly has its moments, most of them remind me of moments from other films and lack the uniqueness I expect from Pixar. While it was certainly still an enjoyable ride, it just didn't feel all that special.
I must take a breath and…
Colossal finale of parallel moving parts is vintage Pixar kineticism. The mother-daughter conflict, though, is abnormally flavorless for Pixar, retreating to its stable of animal-infused shenanigans to enliven the second half, which, given that this is the first Pixar family inhibited by regular mortality, hints that the brand can't delineate its intelligence without counteracting it through literal personification.
A somewhat disappointing mix of trite storytelling devices, recycled subplots and rushed key scenes, Brave’s conventional narrative lacks the thematic sophistication and grand emotional scope of Pixar’s previous efforts but ultimately succumbs to the film’s rich characterization, spectacular voice work and gorgeous visuals.
- 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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