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…
Going into Brave, I was anything but. The reviews for it, well, weren't exactly stating the film to be up to Pixar standard. They said the story was too formulaic. The scope just wasn't the same. The heart wasn't there.
After just getting out of the film not even an hour ago, I can say that most of the reviews are full of it. This is an absolutely beautiful film that tells a straightforward story to great results. This is Pixar's attempt at a Disney tale, and they do it by giving them the one of the best cinematic middle fingers I've ever seen. The Pixar company takes this seemingly formulaic story, and changes it up. This time, the princess…
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…
Although delivering a strong set-up, beautiful animation, and exotic Scottish environments, "Brave" sadly disappoints on arrival, resulting in a generic and mediocre Pixar film. The storyline becomes borderline predictable and inconsistent with itself, the characters are cut-board cutouts of plenty other characters we've already seen, and the themes become so convuluted that it's hard to understand the real message. Although not one of the worst Pixar films (definitely not "Cars 2" bad), so much could have been fixed with "Brave".
Yawnish. Kids will like it, I suppose. But it's just not interesting. I miss early Disney.
As far as Pixar movies goes, this was nowhere near as epic, funny or emotional as you used to expect, but it was still pretty enjoyable.
Brave was alright. It didn't do female empowerment as well as Mulan or Frozen, but hey.
Some confusing tidbits: Why did the three brothers turn into bears? I guess they ate the cake, but why did the spell affect them? I assumed the spell was only meant Eleanor (since it was contingent upon "mending the broken bond"). The spell wasn't applicable to the kids.
I also like that the message is "make your own fate" but the characters always follow pre-determined blue spirit trails. How is that free will?
I didn't love that Eleanor fell into a "no-fun-allowed wife" archetype while the men all got to be dumb and funny. It's a tired trope. Also, what's with Eleanor immediately forgiving…
Brave is a beautiful film with an engaging story and endearing characters. Compared to other Pixar films, I think it has a somewhat darker tone and mood, as well as dealing with darker themes, but maybe that's not the case and I'm just overthinking things. The animation department was at its very best and I think that visually it might as well be Pixar's greatest achievement to date. The visuals were breathtaking but fortunately it was not everything that this film had to offer.
With only a few characters and a few sets for the story to take place, it was truly exciting. The character development was excellent and the interaction between the two main characters was wonderful. I think…
While never reaching the level of Finding Nemo or Toy Story, this little story of a feisty Scottish princess is charming enough to be enjoyable.
Unfortunately for 'Brave' it's a Pixar film, so it gets graded on an impossible curve. It was sweet, fun and satisfying ... but it wasn't transcendent, which, given the company producting it, ultimately makes it feel a bit disappointing. It all felt a bit nice, a bit safe, and there wasn't as much there for adults as you'd ordinarily expect from Pixar. A pleasant, but relatively forgettable, little film.
Cute visuals, loved the soundtrack and the cultural aspects, wasn't such a big fan of the story line but it was still pretty good!
Classic Pixar quality combined with a fun Celtic flavor make this a winner. The characters are well rounded and easy to get behind, the story is heartwarming, as usual, and the animation is just breathtaking, especially when they indulge in some nice landscape shots. Good stuff.
- 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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