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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…
Really good animation (and I mean that), fantastic virtual cinematography, and a plot that could have been less predictable and it definitely wasn't big enough. Could have been more developed, but It was alrigh', lad.
A Review Haiku
Even the mighty Pixar.
Girl power, i guess?
Enjoyable but a bit plain.
Princesses avoiding betrothal is squarely Disney territory, so to have Pixar, the makers of charming, off beat classics such as "Toy Story" and "Up" "sell out was disappointing. Excellent voice work and as per usual proficient animation don't make up for mediocrity in the story department.
Hate that I waited so long to see this fantastic film! Definitely Pixar's most mature effort to date but honestly, despite being pleasantly distracted by Merida's amazing unruly red hair and despite being emotionally affected by what is clearly a "mother/daughter" tale, I had one of the loudest laughs I've had in a long time seeing a newly transformed mother bear realize she's not wearing any clothes.
"Brave" is why as old as I may get, I will never be too old to love animated films. Especially when they are done with this much love and care.
While most people I know have criticized this film for being heavily cliche'd, I still feel very strongly about this film due to its beautiful animation and emotionally powerful themes.
Pixar have set a high bar for other studios to clear, equally they themselves now have to ensure that their output matches their own standard.
"Brave" is a deviation, a female protagonist not a buddy in sight and at it's heart, a mother daughter relationship movie.
"Merida" (Voice - Kelly McDonald of Boardwalk Empire fame) is the princess daughter of Lord Fergus (Billy Connolly - Voice) and Lady Elinor (Emma Thompson - voice), king and queen of a mythical Scottish rugged clan of fighters and farmers. Unfortunately, despite being carefully groomed in the ways of a lady, "Merida" with a shock of beautiful red flowing hair, is more content riding and hunting in the forest on her trusty stead clutching…
This felt much more like a standalone Disney film rather than a Disney Pixar picture. Perhaps because it comes in the era of female-driven films for the studio (Tangled and Frozen, respectively) it feels as though it's pandering to the trend.
It's pointless commenting on the animation of Pixar anymore because it's become the norm to expect perfection, and Brave is no exception. Story-wise, however, apart from the strong final act it meandered along without any real emotional investment.
Unfortunately, this is one of the weaker outings for Pixar but still by no means a dud.
Pixar hits rock bottom.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The Reluctant Dragon
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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