Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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…
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" movie, it was hard to come to it with extremely 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…
Animation Sunday 2015 #18- Brave
I was not expecting the day when Pixar would make a lackluster, disappointing film. Sure the Cars movies have had its fair share of crap, but both installments were rewarded with memorable characters and good messages that Pixar's good at endorsing, even if both films do not hit the mark of the studio's finest. Brave fails not only because the trailers made the audience expecting something truly epic, but fails to reach the level of commitment one expects when viewing a Pixar film, be it emotional storytelling, rewarding characters, and taking all kinds of risks to appeal to all age groups.
What caused Brave to fail? Here's the three biggest reasons:
1. Change in directors…
Merida es una princesa esocesa que para su madre tiene que seguir las tradiciones y comportarse siempre bien, pero ella tiene un espíritu aventurero y quiere tomar sus propias desiciones, es así como encuentra a una bruja a la cual le compra un hechizo para cambiar a su madre y allí empiezan los problemas...
Como siempre Pixar entrega un producto de calidad en todos sus aspectos y la historia parece un cuento de hadas clásico de Disney, así que está dentro de lo correcto dentro de los parámetros del estudio.
Como siempre la animación de Pixar sigue siendo una maravilla, pero dentro del guion es una extraña nomenclatura de diferentes películas de Disney que hace que pierda el encanto que tenia.
No es mala, pero tampoco es buena queda en el limbo de lo mediocre.
Way better and prettier than I remember it being.
Been wanting to rewatch this for a while but my little sisters aren't interested at all lol. Decided to watch it on my own. I liked it even more than the first time TBH. My heart. Strong feminist message, lovely Scottish scenery, and interesting to see a mother/daughter storyline for once - mothers are so often ignored or demonised in films I think.
i want to dye my hair red and hug my mum???????
Visually stunning and with plenty of heart, Brave told an overall good story in typical Pixar fashion. Mom turning into a bear was weird though and knocked the film down a couple pegs on a first time watch. I would guess on repeat viewings that aspect of the story would no longer bother me, but this time it was just plain strange.
Beyond that it was a beautiful movie to look at. Sweeping vistas and incredible attention to detail made Brave a sort of digital tapestry: the smallest visual elements all combine to form one grand image for the viewer to gaze in wonder at. Pixar definitely takes CG to new levels every time.
Pixar's 2012 effort starts off on an impressive note, suggesting that the story is going to be a lot darker than most Pixar films... however that doesn't really end up being the case. Instead, the film kind of ends up being a simple 'turning someone who's been transformed into an animal back into a human' plot. But despite that change in tone, 'Brave' is still a very charming animated adventure. Merida is a solid female lead (excellently voiced by Kelly Macdonald) and perhaps the biggest strength of the whole film is how she strengthens her relationship with her mother, especially when her mom ends up being turned into a bear. So in short, while by no means perfect, the strength of its mother-daughter story does make 'Brave' another worthwhile addition to Pixar's prestigious filmography.
This is one of my favorite recent Disney films.
Brother Bear meets Freaky Friday
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