Monday, June 25, 2012

Movie Review: Brave


Not the best Pixar film, but still pretty good. Brave is about a young Scottish girl named Merida who is upset with her mom who wants to marry her off to one of these three guys she doesn't like. After the two get into a fight, Merida runs off into the forest and stumbles upon a witch's hut. She pays the witch for a potion that she hopes will change her mom for the better. Instead it changes her into a bear.

The plot... not terribly generic, although once you got the gist of the story down it was pretty easy to see where it was heading. The characters were alright. Not as original or memorable of some of Pixar's other characters, but still pretty likable. The soundtrack was pretty great, one of the movie's strong points aside from fantastic-as-usual animation.

That being said, I was also disappointed with a couple things in this movie. First off, although they picked a beautiful location for the setting of the movie, they hardly took advantage of it. Most of the movie it seemed like you were looking at the inside of an extremely bland castle, even though there were sparkling waterfalls and majestic mountains just outside.

The second thing was that the movie had no real antagonist. Is it just me or are the Pixar films with actual set-in-stone antagonists always better? Toy Story had Sid, A Bugs Life had Hopper, Monsters Inc. had... that purple lizard guy. This movie just had... the mom I guess? Except you were kind of supposed to like the mom, and the mom was good most of the time, and... I don't even know.

If you like films like these I say give it a go. It's enjoyable and pretty well made. If you usually don't like films like these I doubt this will be any exception seeing as though it's not particularly amazing or anything. I give Brave a 7.5/10. A good movie with a .5 bonus for a great soundtrack.

18 comments:

  1. I think it's better with a proper antagonist, but the same is true of pretty much every movie. I can still count on Pixar to make a beautiful looking movie.

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  2. Sounds like you really weren't all that pleased with this film. I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it...

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  3. Haven't seen it yet but I probably won't after this either unless I'm hanging out with my little nephew or something.

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  4. nice review
    no plans to watch this movie

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  5. Yeah doesn't sound all that great, more like Cars 2 or something, so so.

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    1. eat my shorts, cat, don't you dare attack BRAVE or the Alliance will hunt you down :)


      I think BRAVE is the film of the year, just like HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON was a few years ago:)

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  6. heh I still haven't seen Prometheus, I will probably watch this once it comes out on 3d dvd

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  7. Sounds good, and there being no real antagonist sounds kind of cool!

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  8. Thanks for the review. My daughter is really wanting to see this. We'll have to check it out soon.

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  9. Interesting plot, but not in the mood for any movies lately.

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  10. I know Pixar usually makes rad movies but I have no real desire to watch this =/

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  11. I might wait for the DVD. I did like the trailer

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  12. Some of the most recent and most successful Pixar films didn't have incredibly defined antagonists

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  13. There's nothing better than a strong antagonist. They are always more fun than the protagonist.

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  14. I missed this film, i wanted to see it. ill check it out when i have time

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  16. doesnt sound to bad specially if the soundtrack is great since thats the thing that gets me going everytime

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  17. This is one of the nicer reviews I've heard. Most people found it mediocre.

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