Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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.
Winner of Academy Award for Best Animated Film, Pixar's Brave is their only Oscar-winning feature to date that doesn't feel worthy of such honour for it travels a much safer & risk-free route unlike any of their previous works plus features a narrative that bears more similarity to Disney films than Pixar's unconventional method of storytelling.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, Brave tells the story of Merida; a skilled archer & princess who defies an old-age custom of her kingdom by choosing to not be betrothed. Wanting to take control of her own life rather than let it be decided by others, she stumbles upon a witch & asks for a spell to fulfil her wish, which goes horribly wrong.
Directed by Mark…
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" movie, it was hard to come to it with extremely 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…
Animation Sunday 2015 #18- Brave
I was not expecting the day when Pixar would make a lackluster, disappointing film. Sure the Cars movies have had its fair share of crap, but both installments were rewarded with memorable characters and good messages that Pixar's good at endorsing, even if both films do not hit the mark of the studio's finest. Brave fails not only because the trailers made the audience expecting something truly epic, but fails to reach the level of commitment one expects when viewing a Pixar film, be it emotional storytelling, rewarding characters, and taking all kinds of risks to appeal to all age groups.
What caused Brave to fail? Here's the three biggest reasons:
1. Change in directors…
Brave is Pixar at its most conventional, stripping away the originality, timelessness and heart that has elevated so many of their works to the pantheons of modern film making. They tried so hard to mold Merida into some sort of feminist icon, in the process dispensing with any notable nuance, grace or intelligence. She's not a character as much as she is just an anguished cry, an admirable attempt at creating a female girls can look up to, but unfortunately she is defined by her desperate attempts to not fit the traditional female character mold. The very things she is rejecting wind up defining her, a really unfortunate and frankly sad twist on what originated as good intentions. Still though,…
Not even average Pixar. It's almost unbearable.
A little disappointed. Nothing particularly bad about it, but nothing particularly good about it either. I suppose one should commend Pixar for trying to do something different but the world felt so alien, there was so much that had to be set up in the narrative that it ended up feeling a bit convuluted which says a lot considering its only an hour and a half. Too many subplots weaving in and out, so when it ended it felt like someone had hurriedly tried to tie everything together.
There was potential here, but this movie goes flying off the rails fast. What were they going for with that whole second half? It is what it is. Fucking bears, man. Fuck it.
The subject of children seeking independence, and their parents restraining them from that experience out of fear is an always-relevant subject, a compelling topic this movie tried to examine.
Unfortunately, they had to go the cliched route of said child getting their wish of something happening to their parents granted, only to come to the horrifying realization that they had screwed up, and should've let things be.
Dammit, Pixar. I suppose you had to keep the kids entertained by throwing bears in there, but you could've had a thought-provoking study on the, ahem, bravery of a child wanting to leave their childhood behind and grow up, and in turn, children accepting their parents' roles, as, well, parents.
We watched this in 3D and found it thoroughly entertaining.
For some reason, this didn't seem as meaningful as Pixar's other films. It's still good; it has a couple twists and some good action and adventure. But it's missing something that would put it on the level of Toy Story and Inside Out. It's flatter than them, I guess. Not as deep. It touches on things that we've already seen in ways that we've already seen. That's the best I can come up with.
Brave would be the first in Pixar's lineup that I can say I didn't care for much. The heavy accents made Brave harder for younger audiences to get hooked. I appreciate how adorable the children are and the strong female lead, but overall lacked what could have been something great.
Didn't go so well in June (watched just over half), so I'll attempt the hunt again in July!
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