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…
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…
Another one for the Pixar isn't perfect files. I gave MONSTERS, INC. a 3/10 way back when, and this is a 4. A dreary female-empowerment screed with plenty of whiz-bang-crash action to sugarcoat the message for hyperactive, little, male brats. Bleh. 4/10
"There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it"
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom and, granted one wish, she must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
The modern animation notwithstanding this is good, old-fashioned family entertainment.
A step up for Pixar after the horrendous Cars 2. It's good fun but nothing memorable
Μακράν η πιο Disney ταινία της Pixar. Και αυτό δεν το λέω ως κάτι καλό.
Einfach witzig und schön animiert. Die Geschichte ist natürlich nicht die einfallsreichste. Trotzdem sehenswert, wenn man sich darauf einlässt.
BEAR! Do I love them or do I really love them? Would cuddle for days. Movie itself was decent. Plot wasn't that special, as similar stories have been around for decades, but worth the time. If nothing else, then watch it for the bears :D Also you may encounter some feelings.
Check out my Best and Worse of Archery in the Movies for this review as an archery movie.
For how many people out there really seem to hate this movie, it's not that bad. Is it close to Pixar's best? Of course not. Is it better than most animation from the other major studios (including Disney and DreamWorks)? Definitely yes.
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
In early 1923, Kansas City, Missouri animator Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice's…
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…