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…
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,…
This film was beautiful but not as beautiful as other Pixar films.
The reason this lost a whole star is due to the characters, and how rushed it felt, the pacing was crazy, you never had time to relax, they just constantly shot new things at you, and the characters in general felt like we weren't meant to care about them until near the end, I hated the main character for a long time, I thought she was just really annoying and for half the movie hated her and didn't really understand what I was meant to be feeling, it wasn't until the last half an hour this movie shined, for me anyway. I got quite a few laughs out of this film though, some scenes were downright hilarious. This is one of my least favourite Pixar films and definitely one of their weakest, in my opinion.
After my relative disappointment with 'Up,' I was rather surprised by how much I liked this. The film is exhilarating in its early stages. It becomes less so once the rather standard main plot sets in, and the film is clearly disjointed, but the movie remains engaging and enjoyable. Once again, the movement of the camera/viewing-eye is wondrous - it's Pixar's specialty, and better here, I think, than it was in 'Up' - and the humor is impeccable for the most part. The really interesting element that I'm sure is one of the main discussion topics about the film is that this is more or less a rebuttal to/subversion of the Disney princess standard: a film that's specifically about rejecting…
Watched as part of the July 2016 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
My list: letterboxd.com/jasonpettus/list/scavenger-hunt-16-travel-the-world-july-2016
Master list: letterboxd.com/be_lan/list/travel-the-world-scavenger-hunt-16-july-2016
#27: An action movie without guns
2016 movie viewings, #54. I caught some flack last week when suggesting that Disney's Big Hero 6 is in fact a scathing critique of the newly Trumpified Tea Party, and the narrow-minded bigotry and proud embrace of anti-intellectualism that defines that group, with several people saying that I should leave politics out of my writeups of those "sweet little innocent" films at Disney. But the simple fact is that Disney's been inserting all kinds of sly political messages into nearly all their 21st-century films, almost always liberal in nature, or at least "liberal" as we currently define our…
what. a. film. Gorgeous landscapes and characters and relationships. Exactly the kind of movie I was hoping for. Loving and sweet, not free of conflict and resolution and lessons learned.
at least merida's messy red hair was cute
Quando se fala em princesas em animações de fantasia, os primeiros pensamentos que vem a mente são uma garota bonita e comportada, rodeada de seres fofinhos e cujo único desejo na vida é encontrar um rapaz bonito para poder se casar e finalmente ser feliz. Nada como uma trama bem subversiva para mudar essa opinião formada.
Uma princesa escocesa é intimada por sua mãe a escolher entre três pretendentes de famílias aliadas. Desejando manter sua liberdade, ela buscará a ajuda de uma bruxa para poder mudar a escolha de sua mãe e poder escolher seu próprio destino.
A Pixar consegue mais uma vez entreter seu público, arriscando agora em sua primeira princesa. Mas essa história está muito longe de ser…
One of the weakest Pixar films.
I always love watching Pixar films, they are just always such fun, and this was too; the jokes were entertaining, the animation was as always incredible, and the storyline was way too over the top. Initially, I felt that the story following Merida being an archer was very promising, however it started to tail off a little when it became a bit like a fairytale.
The cliché of going to seek a spell to get someone out of your face was a bit disappointing, and then the fact that her mother was turned into a bear, and didn’t immediately want to tear her daughter’s face to shreds was in fact too ridiculous.
Obviously, the story was completely predictable, but it…
Brave é uma relativa decepção. Com a ideia principal de criar uma personagem feminina forte e ao mesmo tempo tentar passar uma lição de moral (já característica da Pixar) o filme peca vertiginosamente na narrativa e em sua condução.
Tentando inovar ao elevar o status de princesa a outro nível, o filme se prende a padrões já estabelecidos pela indústria e acaba caindo numa infantilidade, que apesar de inerente ao público, torna-se tolo ao criar a mesma história que você já viu 800 vezes.
A Mérida é uma personagem interessante, forte e com suas dúvidas e frustrações, o problema não se encontra nela, e sim em seus personagens secundários como um todo, sem carisma e sem inovação.
O grande problema é se ater a clichês quando a intenção é quebrar barreiras. Se fosse um projeto menos acovardado, seria excelente.
For the last three years, I've kept a log of the films I showed my kids as they were introduced…
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