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.
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.
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…
Only Pixar could take a film with a troubled production and make it this good in the end. There is not as much emotion or danger as your typical Pixar affair, but it's a damn good film nonetheless.
Brave had me in awe throughout. The scenery, the characters, the effects, everything about the animation was magical and jaw-dropping. The story, unforgettable. Pixar has rolled out some duds in the past, but this is for sure not one of them.
Simple but definitely enjoyable.
Brave is not only the title of Pixar's latest, but could also be used as a adjective to describe their attitude and mindset towards film-making in general. Who else would gamble on a fully CGI film? Or make a ballsy film like WALL.E? Or a film that deals with adult themes like Up does? Brave (the film) represents another potentially difficult sell. Trying to sell Scottish accents to the Americans (who needed subtitles for Trainspotting)? Brave, indeed. This film feels like vintage Disney, with a modern twist. It's the classic tale of a independently spirited princess being forced into marriage by her parents, but really she just wants to climb mountains and shoot (sling? What's the correct word to use…
I had high hopes for this one so it disappointed me for the most part..
Sub-standard Pixar movie that feels more like something Disney would have made in the 1990s than what we’ve come to expect from the pioneer animation studio.
Still better than Cars and Cars 2, but hampered by too much loud, unfunny slapstick.
Works best when it’s exploring the complicated relationship between a mother and her daughter – something we don’t often see in a summer blockbuster.
The bear animation is fantastic.
Actually saw that one on the way to Disneyland and I thought that if I had seen brave as a kid I really would have been a fan of that. She definitely is my favourite Disney Princess, I like the music and story. But I've seen much better sidekicks in Disney movies.