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.
It's sich a different Pixar movie, but it has incredible landscapes and nice music and as always a good story.
And she has red hair.
This film made me 1) fall in love with Scotland and realize how rich its culture is and 2) search for the warrior princess in me.
One of Disney's breakthrough movies. Flawless CGI.
You can pack the empties into the truck and deflate the balloons, fellas. The Pixar party is over. It's time we all went home.
I don't really know what to tell you about Brave. It's beautifully animated. It's a disasterous disappointment. Had the seeds of something maybe even subversive or feminist, but doesn't really go with it all the way. I guess no one can continue to meet your expectations after so long; I guess that's the lesson of any relationship be it between artist and audience or simply between two human beings. Yup, that's how empty Brave made me feel. Now lend me a hand and help me scrub Brenda Chapman's vomit out of the washroom if you wouldn't mind.
First time watching this since the cinema. Which was... Jesus, over 2 years ago!
I know Pixar seem to be going through a rough patch lately, but I still really liked Brave and had a lot of fun with it.
There was a likeable and strong female lead. The supporting characters were funny, apart from the annoying 3 brothers.
Billy Conolly's character was the highlight of Brave.
The story had heart and was funny. Like most their films. The animation was beautiful as ever.
I know everyone in Scotland is addicted to heroin, but these characters were not (I think). But that's ok, because this was a fantasy film and not a documentary about Scotland.
Blu-ray picture 10/10
But to be serious; it's a Pixar film. More often than not, they can do no wrong. Brave is about as right as right can be.
Wonderful CGI (I've been spellbound by Merida's hair ever since the trailer was first released) and stunning visuals, great voice acting, interesting plot. A bit predictable at times, but I don't even care, because there was enough to keep me thoroughly entertained and glued to the screen for all ninety some minutes.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Mérida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Mérida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Why has anyone ever said anything bad about this movie?
I like bears more than the next guy. Bears are fuckin' sweet. But something about this is just weird. The way the girl reacts to her mom becominig a bear just doesn't seem right. It's one of the more
lame-brained plots I can remember from a Disney Movie. It's also a real letdown given the current Pixar/Disney world we live in.
I was expecting a genre defying, female defining character for the ages. Instead I got... whatever this is. When I saw the trailer for Brave I had something much different in mind. This was very disappointing. I mean, they had a chance to make this into something really good and they just wasted it on a mix of the most generic parts of "How to Train Your Dragon" and every princess story ever. What a shame.
Despite interesting main character, the film retraces familiar fairy tale paths and ends up a bit too predictable.
Good: Merida is a compelling heroine, strong and independent. Nice classic fairy tale themes.
Bad: Far too predictable, giving us nothing new over the traditional fairy tales.
Rating: 7.3 / 10 (Good)
- 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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