Pixar Animation whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition, bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixar’s signature humour.
Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land.
When Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.
(2013 Academy Award winner for: Best Animated Picture)
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A Frustrating Film
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 | Review by: Riaan V
Pixar films used to be inventive, daring and adventurous: A rat secretly operates as a chef in a five star French restaurant. An old man flies his house to the jungle with balloons. A robot solely responsible for earth’s cleanup blindly follows a new found friend into space. Now there’s excitement and originality.
Brave – are you ready - is a film about a king’s daughter who is forced to marry against her will. She rebels by asking a witch to cast an evil spell on her mother, who then turns into a bear. If the spell isn’t broken by the second sunrise, the mother stays a bear forever.
Now doesn’t that just scream Disney? Doesn’t that sound like the premise for every other Disney movie you’ve ever seen? Of course it does. Brother Bear, for one, comes to mind.
Brave’s animation is flawless and spectacular. But that should come with every Pixar film, like a toy comes with a Happy Meal. Kudo’s to Pixar for introducing a female protagonist. Merida really is lovely, she possesses a terrific voice (Kelly Macdonald) and her hair flows magnificently. The rest of the characters, unfortunately, are simply not interesting enough and are largely forgettable, especially Merida‘s three younger brothers, who are used solely for comic relief and as a handy standby to keep the plot going.
The dialogue is riddled with trite and cliched family melodrama. Merida and her mother’s back and forth bickering bored me to tears. For example:
Mother: “You listen to me!”
Merida: “This is so unfair! You're never there for me! This whole marriage is what you want!”
Mother: “You’re acting like a child!
And so it goes on ad infinitum. That is such lazy scriptwriting. And what about the blue wisps? What are they? Where do they come from? They’re an essential component to the story and yet, their origins are never explained.
Pixar’s comedy is always on the cutting edge. A laugh very minute. Sadly there are very few genuine belly laughs present here. It’s mostly slapstick fare, particularly during the comedic action sequences. Of course, the story’s ending is utterly predictable, like most Disney films. Merida puts on her brave face – excuse the pun – and saves her mother who becomes human again. Still, the ending is sweet, poignant and heartfelt.
Brave is by no means a bad film. But it won’t be recognized as one of Pixar’s best. In fact, a film such as “How To Train Your Dragon”, a Dreamworks film, fares far better in comparison. For my money, Pixar should get Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) or Pete Docter (Monster’s Inc. and Up) back in the director’s chair. I see Docter, who directed the first Monster’s Inc. film is not even scheduled to direct the next Monster’s Inc movie, Monsters University. What a shame.
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