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…
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…
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.
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…
Beautiful to watch but the story was one I've seen soo many times.
A real keeper, this one. Without the high expectations that largely scuttled its release, it's a beautifully crafted, pleasantly paced and quite movingly observed portrait of a mother-daughter relationship that for once manages to be humane to all involved.
Finally watched Brave.
Ok, let's get it out of the way. Not Pixar's best. I might even have to put it as low as only better than Cars.
But that's down to Pixar having such an insane track record. One movie comes along that ISN'T a perfect 10, and of course it's going to look worse than it actually is.
So it's not Pixar's best. There ya go.
What ELSE is it, then?
Well, it's a half-decent fantasy movie. Half-decent, mind you. I was pretty disappointed with how low-key the fantasy was in this film. I'm not saying I needed Harry Potter. But I felt like we didn't even see potential for grander things.
Person turns into bear, telekinesis, some…
You can't beat a red-headed Disney princess. Loved it!
Brave is an entertaining, pacy story, though it falls on neglecting to build up its villain. Credit to the animators for capturing movement so well; it gives real identity to the characters. But marks off for the lack of attention to detail; poor texturing abounds, and it's really obvious. Hardly the forefront of CG animation from Pixar, here.
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In typical Disney fashion, though definitely not Pixar-esque, ‘Brave’ introduces us to Princess Merida. The flaming red head Merida captures our hearts with her more tomboyish charms than her ‘princess etiquette’. Caught between her parents will and her own, ‘Brave’ follows her story of adventure with some lavishly thrown twists to boot. Merida’s brothers, the mischievous Triplets catered to some bona fide laughs.
The very initial scene itself promises that ‘Brave’ is gonna be technically perfect. Painstakingly modeled, rich in colors and flawlessly animated, ‘Brave’ seems Pixar’s best effort in animation…yet. The character animations in particular were fluid and spot on. Be it the modest walk of the Queen Elinor or the baby steps of little Merida it all feels…
Finally have completed my Pixar marathon. This film is okay. The story feel rushed. The first 1/3 the mother is really annoying. Then during the last 1/3 when the father almost becomes short of a villain he gets annoying. The second third of the film is probably the best part. From the witches hut to the climax the film isn't to bad. It has way to slow of a start for a movie like this and the side characters are one note except for the mother and daughter. The 3 sons are the only side characters that are entertaining. I know the story is about the mother and daughter which is why the other characters…
I was excited to see this movie, and when I saw it, it was pretty disappointed. It was a good, movie, but it was not a PIXAR MOVIE !! There was too much disney formula in it, Pixar should do things that are outside of the magic of disney. It's not bad, it's just not pixar, enough.