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…
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…
I thought I would like this. I didn't really. It was nice to see a film where the main characters were all women but it really is a kids' film and didn't really drag me in. Great if you're a child though, I expect, and very pretty.
Unsuitably named; in fact monotonous & clichéd + the assemblage of plot lines don't gel. Beautiful visuals a plus point. #nottosee
Good old Disney fun!
Brave is far from being a disaster, but it isn't particularly special.
The film sends across an encouraging message about fate and the power one has have over it, plus the mother-daughter reconciliation was rather touching, but the opportunity to fully utilize various elements in the story which could have strengthened the message was certainly missed.
In spite of that, Brave was still a pleasure to watch, what with its complete deviation from being a love story so common among movies with a female protagonist (I especially like the fact that there is a Disney princess without a prince) and its almost realistic animation (I was mesmerized at how Merida's hair moved). The Scottish accent was also refreshing to the ear, but that's only a shallow note I can't help but add.
I've read other reviews claiming Brave is among Pixar's lesser films. However, if this is viewed as a Disney film (since it was released by Disney and has princess as the main character) it was among one of the best Disney films ever. With Kelly Macdonald's charming Scottish accent and her wooly red hair it's hard not to love Merida. She makes questionable choices, but I admire her spunkiness and passion for all things other than boys. Instead of a love story Brave is about a mother-daughter relationship, something I am a total sucker for since my own mother's death. It also helps that Merida never randomly breaks into song. That always makes me cringe. If I ever had to rewatch a Disney movie three times within one week I would choose Brave (unfortunately while visiting my family recently all the rave was about Frozen).
Pixars worst movie after Planes. Merida should just come out and maybe this would be a better film.
I liked it well enough and found parts pretty clever, but it didn't really hold up to the Pixar standard. Although it's absolutely better than Cars 2 and has genuine heart and well overdue feminine focus, it didn't seem especially deep or have a really driving, cohesive storyline. I'd probably put it on par with A Bug's Life, which is a solid film but given the competition long held my place as least favorite Pixar film.
I really liked this film. This had much more emotion than Frozen, another Disney film I watched this weekend.
I felt like there was much more character development, better emotion, and a better message in Brave than there was in Frozen.
I liked it because for one of the first times, It didn't involve romance; but it actually discouraged it. I must also add that it takes place in SCOTLAND and people have SCOTTISH accents. That is rarely done in Pixar/Disney films.
But, like most movies, Brave is a mixture of other Disney movies such as Emperors New Grove, The Little Mermaid, and Mulan. They all involve a rebellious teen (or an obnoxious one) who becomes something they're not and must break the spell to turn them back to normal (except Mulan is different).
Really loved some things about this: the animation (possibly the best I've ever seen, particularly the landscapes), the fact that it's a female-led story, the fact that the 'Disney princess' here is allowed to be independent and doesn't end up married or in love at the end. However, I felt the story and characterisation lacked the depth needed to make it properly enjoyable. Apart from Merida there are no fully rounded, likeable or relatable characters, and nor is there a proper antagonist. Although I didn't want Merida to end up with anyone, I thought the suitors were hilarious and I'd have liked to see that side of the story fleshed out to greater comic effect. A good film that could have had the potential to be a lot better than just '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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