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…
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…
Pixar try to make a Disney 'Princess' film (but in Scotland, with bears).
This doesn't really work and it ends up falling somewhere in the middle - it's not quirky or original enough to fit with the other Pixar productions, and it doesn't quite feel like a modern take on Disney's 'Princess' formula.
However, it's still a solid tale with some nice moments, just nothing special.
Beautiful movie. Not on par with Pixar excellence like WALL-E or Toy Story, but still good. A welcome change to the Pixar formula - a little darker, more adult story with a lot of drama and pathos.
The theme of mother-daughter conflict and changing fate were interesting. A parallel or sorts to Finding Nemo's father-son dynamic. Both are about the adult not listening to the child, but for different reasons.
Only had a one objection. All the men in the film were various degrees of idiot (from loveable to blithering), which I didn't appreciate. But that's what you get when society's concept of what a man should be is to emasculate, sissify, and dumb them down (Peter Griffin, Homer Simpson, etc.). We can have strong women and strong men, you know.
There are no bears in Scotland!
Then again magic doesn't really exist either
I enjoyed this,
This is definitely one of Pixar's weakest films. The first act of Brave is great as you're introduced to this young princess who isn't afraid to speak her mind and shoot arrows and shit. Then there is this plot twist, and it seems so out of place that you're literally going to say "She turned into a what?" The movie goes from a potential adventure film about self-discovery to a "we have to fix this" film.
It is overall a very mediocre film with a plot not interesting enough for you to be emotionally invested in the characters.
Tiene Pixar un problema con lo elevado de su listón, que provoca que esta vistosa historia de (aguerridas) princesas sepa a poco. La ambientación de la Escocia animada está harto lograda, pero la historia, aunque divertida en líneas generales, queda a años luz de las mejores entregas de la factoría.
A quite special mother/daughter bonding film with a side of female empowerment.
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