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Old 06-18-2012, 12:55 PM
Brave



BRAVE

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell (co-director)

Written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, and Irene Mecchi

Story by Brenda Chapman

Starring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson

Rated PG for some scary action and rude humor

Running time of 93 Minutes


Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.


I was lucky enough to see the film last week, and although not at the highest of Pixar standards I still quite loved it. The film is gorgeous (naturally), but it also tells a very intimate and emotionally involving story. The film is simultaneously scarier and a little goofier than most other Pixar films, but it makes a very nice niche for itself and is a damn good fairy tale. This will fit well into the Disney pantheon of princess stories. Meridia is a terrific character, voiced to perfection by the lovely Kelly Macdonald.

The hint of negative early word I am hearing on it is baffling to me. Films, in my opinion, should be judged on their own merit, not whether or not they live up to some set of studio standards or expectations. Okay, it may not be as good as Up or Wall-E, but is it a good film in its own right? I absolutely think so.


A note: do not see the film in 3D. Much of it takes place at night and is thus rendered extremely dark.

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Old 06-18-2012, 01:41 PM
Shockingly, I have no interest in seeing this thing. To me, Pixar is very hit or miss. I loved the classics (Toy Story, Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo), but wasn't a fan of their others (Cars, Wall-E, Ratatouille).
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:04 PM
It doesn't look like topnotch Pixar, but it still looks alright. And hey, besides, Up didn't wow me with it's trailers/promos, so maybe this'll end up being great like Up did.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:55 PM
I never thought I'd see a time when I would skip a Pixar film two years in a row. It just looks completely average. With the talent they have, I have no doubt they will quickly get back on track, but I hope it's sooner rather than later.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:00 AM
It truly is the best looking Pixar film to date, some scenes are beautiful and the voice acting is all superb...but as a movie it is just OK..not bad but never great.

7/10
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:46 PM
I am going to try to see this tomorrow. I get to see movies for free being that I work at a movie theater. It looks pretty good.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:01 AM
Movie Mini-Review: BRAVE

Brave

*** out of ***** (6/10) Fair

For those of you who were expecting this to be Pixar's rebound from the movie Cars 2, the film that ended their long streak of nearly perfect films, this, unfortunately, is not the case. While this is technically a better film than Cars 2, at least that film had the benefit of the characters from the first Cars, who were fun and memorable. Brave had a lot of potential for greatness, so the fact that it is, in many ways, Pixar's weakest film to date is tremendously disappointing. The movie does have many good things going for it. The characters are fairly strong thanks to uniformly excellent voice acting for every major character. The music is also quite strong, as is the overall audio presentation. Finally, the animation is quite stunning and perhaps represents Pixar's best animation yet. Where this movie ultimately falls short is in the script and in its horribly deceptive marketing. The movie is pretty strong in its first act (approximately the first half hour), which introduces us to three dimensional characters with conflicts that ring very true. Virtually all of what's been shown in the film's marketing is contained within this first part of the film. After that, the film completely changes direction and the entire PREMISE of the film is virtually abandoned in favor of a new one. I do not wish to spoil the details of this new premise, suffice it to say that it reminded me of Freaky Friday in a lot of ways, except less interesting. This new premise is never once mentioned in any of the film's marketing. The movie's central storyline, as suggested in ads, is, frankly, a lie. Many who see the film because they find the story interesting may feel cheated out of their money when they find out the story is not at all what they thought. Even when this new premise takes over, the film has many moments, including some memorablr set pieces and nice character arcs, and the movie is still mildly entertaining. There is nothing particularly bad about this portion of the film, except it is rather unoriginal, and has been done better before. Pixar is above the kind of gimmicky second premise this film presents. I sincerely hope Pixar can rebound next year with the prequel film Monsters University, but at this point they are going to have to start proving themselves all over again.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:57 AM
This was definitely the worst Pixar movie to date. Worse than Cars 2. And worse than Wall-E, which I found to be gorgeous looking but very boring. It's just such an incredibly silly tale IMO.

Spoiler:
I rolled my eyes once the mother was transformed into a bear.


And while there were a couple of nice moments, the movie was never really able to win me back from that. Some gorgeous animation, some decent voice acting, but a tale too predictable and formulaic and a movie that just seemed so silly and lame. Another big disappointment from the summer.

5/10
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:38 AM
I loved it...and so did my kid.

I just don't get all the negative reviews, but to each their own.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ilovemovies View Post
This was definitely the worst Pixar movie to date. Worse than Cars 2. And worse than Wall-E, which I found to be gorgeous looking but very boring. It's just such an incredibly silly tale IMO.

Spoiler:
I rolled my eyes once the mother was transformed into a bear.


And while there were a couple of nice moments, the movie was never really able to win me back from that. Some gorgeous animation, some decent voice acting, but a tale too predictable and formulaic and a movie that just seemed so silly and lame. Another big disappointment from the summer.

5/10
I strongly agree that Brave is Pixar's worst film, though I strongly disagree with your view of Wall-E (which I consider Pixar's absolute best film). Unfortunately, their second worst film is Cars 2. Pixar's next film needs to bring them back to their former glory, or my faith in them is going to be seriously shaken (as will the faith of many others who haven't lost it yet).
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:08 PM
You know, I can't help but think that if this had come out 10-15 years ago, it would've been held in much higher regard... and if "A Bug's Life" came out today, people would be calling it just as soft and formulaic as they did this one. Perhaps we've unfairly put Pixar on too high a pedestal, to the point that if they don't do something that reaches for the absolute apex of animation/storytelling, it's somehow a disappointment. I'll still take their lesser works over the vast majority of Dreamworks and Fox animation efforts.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:10 AM
I'm still highly looking forward to a lot of Pixar's upcoming films. A couple of them, in particular, sound very promising like one of them that goes inside a human mind or something. And a dinosaur one sounded cool as well. And since I loved Monsters Inc, I do look forward to the upcoming sequel.

So Pixar has a chance to make a comeback. And I hope they do.

To me Up, still remains my favorite Pixar movie though Toy Story and Finding Nemo are a close 2nd and 3rd.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:11 AM
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You know, I can't help but think that if this had come out 10-15 years ago, it would've been held in much higher regard... and if "A Bug's Life" came out today, people would be calling it just as soft and formulaic as they did this one. Perhaps we've unfairly put Pixar on too high a pedestal, to the point that if they don't do something that reaches for the absolute apex of animation/storytelling, it's somehow a disappointment. I'll still take their lesser works over the vast majority of Dreamworks and Fox animation efforts.
I actually never thought too highly of A Bug's Life. The way I see it, Pixar's long hot streak started with Toy Story 2 and lasted, appropriately enough, through Toy Story 3. Cars 2 ended that hot streak and Brave was not a rebound from that.
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