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Brave (2012)

June. 21,2012
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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.

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Brendon Jones
2012/06/21

It’s fine. It's literally the definition of a fine movie. You’ve seen it before, you know every beat and outcome before the characters even do. Only question is how much escapism you’re looking for.

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Arianna Moses
2012/06/22

Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.

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Lachlan Coulson
2012/06/23

This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit.

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Haven Kaycee
2012/06/24

It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film

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Pjtaylor-96-138044
2012/06/25

'Brave (2012)' is a different kind of fairytale, one with a progressive princess and a folk-tale feel which both truly set it apart from most others in its genre. It succeeds the most in genuinely feeling like one of the fables talked about within its own narrative: a short and simple story told because it has the power to entertain, enlighten and even emotionally affect, while also having somewhat of a basis in truth. There are several machinations of the plot that don't quite pull together, though, and, in general, the story rushes by so quickly that it's hard to actually believe any of its in-world impact. However, there's actually some real tension in the third act and the climax is surprisingly moving. The central relationship is, for the most part, a believable and nuanced one, too. Finally, the feature makes a point of having strong female characters who aren't reduced to over-the-top caricatures of what some board-room executive imagines a 'badass' woman to be. 6/10

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Sandra-durand80
2012/06/26

A wonderful and fun animation to watch. Great for the whole family.

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donovanwyatt-50274
2012/06/27

Are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?Princess Merida is scheduled to be given away to a suitor to marry. A contest is held for her hand and she decides to participate on her own behalf. She has a vision that young adults can pick their own mate. She'll have a hard time convincing the elders that this path is appropriate, but that won't stop her from trying."There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it."Branda Chapman, director of The Prince of Egypt, delivers Brave in her second major motion picture. The storyline for this picture is above average but far from epic. The animation style is first rate and classic Pixar and the characters are fairly interesting; but again, maybe not as good as other Pixar films. The script is above average and the voices are well selected and include Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald, and Julie Walters."At least we have hair!" "And all of our teeth!"I watched Brave last Christmas but fell asleep on and off watching it. I just sat and finally watched it all the way through, and it just felt okay...a step below some of the current series like How to Train Your Dragon, Wall-E, Incredibles, etc. Overall, this is worth watching once, and is borderline worth adding to your DVD collection, but nothing special for the genre."I didn't ask her to change you into a bear! I just asked her to change... you."Grade: B-

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EBJ
2012/06/28

'BRAVE' - 2012Directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark AndrewsStarring Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson and Billy ConnollyPlot Overview: Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch (Julie Walters), who grants her an ill-fated wish. Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it's too late.As much as I do like this movie, which I do, I will confess that is lacks the 'Pixar Touch' and if it didn't literally have the Pixar title emblazoned across it, I would have second guessed it as a Pixar film. While the building blocks are certainly there, it just feels like a half-baked Disney Princess movie and that is unfortunate. I can recommend this film with confidence, but I am not confident in guaranteeing your enjoyment of it. I would definitely see it but don't blame me if it disappoints you. Go in expecting a Disney Princess movie and not a Pixar movie, and you'll be at least satisfied.From what I can tell is that the general consensus of this film is as follows: first third is good, second third is okay and the final third is poor. I am not at all in agreement with that sentiment. I think that each third of this film are just as good as each other BUT I do think that they are all thirds of three separate movies. With the exception of character and animation style, judging purely based on content. I'd have though that this was three different films in one.I do wish that the ending was a little more bittersweet. I am not a fan of the ending and definitely think the film would have been improved IF they cut the climax by 30 seconds in which a major plot point occurs. Remove that point and I think the film is better as a whole. The theme and setting were both very interesting and creative choices so props for not being boring and bland.​ I like the story as a whole but it just feels more like Disney and not like Pixar. I know Pixar is a subsidiary of Disney but Toy Story is a PIXAR movie, Finding Nemo is a PIXAR movie, Up in a PIXAR movie. This feels like a classic Disney princess tale, which is fine, but not like the Pixar I love. I am sure this will be a turn off for most people which I can understand because it isn't Pixar but if you can look past that, it isn't a bad movie.Kelly MacDonald was the clear standout as Merida. ​Merida was a good Disney princess as a whole and I appreciate her entire goal being achieving independence. That said, I think she lacked a form of sincerity to make her great. Not being a cliché Disney princess was a great idea, but I still think she lacked a certain amount of precision in her character design which would make here more interesting to watch. Nitpicking aside, she was a pretty good character as a whole.Emma Thompson was good as Queen Elinor. I do admire her character arc and admire the sheer simplicity to it. She grows as a bearson and I definitely bought that.​ Mor'du in this movie is such an atrocious villain. We know next to nothing about him. He has nothing(literally) interesting to say. He isn't likable. He is a bland, boring, brash bear barking toward Merida and trying to attack; that is his entire character; truly awful stuff Pixar, truly awful.As for comedic sidekicks, this film has three. The witch, voiced by Julie Walters, was a critical plot point and entertaining in her short run on screen but I would have liked to know a little more about her. Billy Connoly's was good as King Fergus and I did like his character as a whole. The triplets were pretty funny and sourced a good portion of the film's good jokes.The animation for this film does look very nice and it is pleasing to look at. The costume and set design were both good and mirror the stereotypical perception of Scotland. Both the cinematography and editing were good. No real complaints on the technical side of the film.There is definitely humour in the movie but it basically boils down to Triplets, Fergus and Witch. Our lead wasn't that funny. Granted that wasn't her character but would it kill her to crack ONE joke. Be funny ONCE. I know I am nitpicking to the nth degree but still, one joke. Just one?There is definitely emotional payoff in this movie. I won't dispute that. What I will argue however is that there is no where near enough as there should be. This does loop back to my earlier point about a preference for a bitter sweet ending. I think that would pull at our heartstrings more and would have made the film so much better. As a whole, I was satisfied with Brave. It did disappoint me slightly but that is because it wasn't a PIXAR movie. It was entertaining for what it was but I cannot say that it grabbed me like other Pixar films do. Nothing about it, bar the setting, really stand out and it just blends into other Disney princess movies. I cautiously recommend you see the film however. I personally think it is worth a watch but I cannot guarantee you will like it. I'd rate 'Brave' 6 'Wee Rascals' out of 10.

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