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Summary: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (imdb)
Maybe not Pixar's best, but still, Brave holds up to the standards of the studio. Touching on themes like feminism and the lack of identification with parents while still being fun, Brave is totally worth the watch.
A safe, average Pixar film which conjures up the usual emotions with its usual plot. It contains some rather surprisingly mature humour and also some good music, and voice acting (although it took me a good few times to register the name Merida as not them exclaiming "murder" every so often - damn Scottish accents!) but with its short running time, Brave will make you want and expect more and it doesn't totally deliver.
The inescapable fact is that Brave is remarkably conventional. A princess. A witch. A spell gone wrong. All of the plot elements are nicely tied up to avoid loose ends or ambiguity. All of the characters are happy. I expect kids will like it, parents will tolerate it, and in a few years, we may even be heading out for a sequel. Brave is not a bad film. But Pixar has done better, and Pixar can do better. [Full Review]
Liked the Obviously Lesbian Princess part better than the Grizzly Mom half which felt like a 2.0 version of 'Brother Bear'. Anyway, a decent Pixar pic is still way preferable to most animated features.
Could be my favourite Pixar film; it's as funny as anything they've ever made, it gives its two lead roles to women, and it acts as a highly intelligent satire about the patriarchy and is even a borderline deconstruction of the standard Disney princess tale whilst still functioning as a great fairytale in its own right.
Pixar is still doing the little things right, and of course the animation is gorgeous, but the larger story is pretty Disneyfied. First Cars 2, now this, and Monsters University doesn't look that exciting either. Pixar, why have you forsaken us?
A great if somewhat more traditional effort from Pixar. Fantastic clarity in the animation - expressive characters who have realistic features (Merida's hair is the most realistic hair I can remember seeing in an animation) but a great, exaggerated cartoony style. Not the most unique story but like all old legends, the story is more about the way it's told than the outcome - and Brave is a somewhat old story told particularly well. MON THE SCOTS!
An entirely decent fairy tale that's only to fault for being predictable, at least for adults, and for not - even at its best - meeting the standard of excellence that we have grown to expect from this studio.
Feels more like a Disney adventure than a Pixar film with references to 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King', but also some cool atmospheric moments of Miyazaki standard. All in all a beautiful film that lacks some depth to rank among the best of its genre.
The storytelling is not Pixar's best, but "Brave" is a welcome return to some kind of form after the awful "Cars 2". The rich animation is probably the best of any computer animated movie ever, the characters are fun, if a little flat & although there is plenty of charm, laughs are too few in number. Most of all "Brave" leaves you with the feeling that it could have been much more, that the writers weren't quite sure where to go with it. The result although fun, is Pixar playing it safe.
The most "Disney" of all the Pixar films. It's a far more standard fairytale than pretty much anything they've done before. It certainly isn't "bad" by any stretch but it is definitely among Pixar's weakest efforts. It's far too safe and familiar when compared to what they've done with Wall-E, Up, etc. Pretty and fun, but fairly forgettable.
Brave marks Pixar's first step into the fairytale storytelling that Disney is most renowned for. It's a movie with quite likable characters. The relationship between the lead, Merida, and her mother is the focal point of the story, and it does well to carry the movie. In addition, the music is wonderful, and the animation is better than it's ever been for Pixar.
Nobody masters the animated emotional-tug like Pixar. Complaints about the story are valid as it borrows much from previous fairy tales, but credit is due to the creators for presenting strong female characters who control each scene they step into. Furthermore, there are none of the trappings of an obligatory romantic interest for Merida, which is quite refreshing. Fast paced action and comedy propel our heroines through this adventure and the animation is remarkable; redhead-lovers rejoice!
There were some interesting things going on with the interplay of fate, responsibility, and expectation and how fate or tradition seems like a rule and a path used to guide one into the future but is really a way of ordering events retrospectively.
The paradox of being boring, unimaginative and predictable on one hand, and refreshingly new on the other. The positivo in me awards a lot of points for the lack of romantic (sub)-plot and the very enjoyable Celtic atmosphere. The whiner in me complains about the lack of depth in characters, the clichés and the fact that the plot twists were too obvious. Still, it was an enjoyable experience so it deserves a decent score.
The whole ‘princess feels confined by her responsibilities’ plot has been done several times already (by Disney, in fact) &, unfortunately, it stops the film from feeling very fresh. It also wasn’t quite as funny as I was expecting. Which is weird, because Pixar are usually spot-on in that department. Besides that, I thought it was lovely. It looked absolutely gorgeous. The animation was top-notch, as usual. It’s one of the weakest Pixar films, but that’s still better than most movies out there.
I am so not the audience for this thing, not because it's a cartoon, but because I'm annoyed by (a) movies where somebody/thing is mistaken for somebody/thing else; (b) movies where somebody/thing has to resist being taken over by dark forces/dark nature or some shit; and (c) movies where there's a spell that has to be overcome via some specific list of rules. That's this movie. Plus, it makes Scotland look dank and gloomy as hell.
I do appreciate them trying to make the story less traditional, but it completely fails to raise above average in anything else. The characters aren't memorable, neither are the jokes. Visually it's still beautiful. It's an okay film overall, but I don't feel I want to see it again.