Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Brave

 
My Review
Pixar Animation Studios has delivered timeless films that are undeniable. The studio has a terrific resume. Lately, Pixar has been slacking with quality. Cars 2 made Pixar fall down. Brave pushed Pixar back up.
 
In Scotland, a young Princess Merida (Peigi Barker) receives a bow from her father King Fergus (Billy Connelly) on her birthday. Princess Merida encounters wisps while practicing her bow.
 
The clans arrive with their first-born sons to compete in the Highland Games for Merida's hand (Kelly Mcdonald) and the princess chooses archery as the main event. During the competition, Lord Dingwall's (Robbie Coltrane) son wins by accident.
 
Princess Merida enters the competition, saying that as the first-born of Clan DunBroch she is eligible to compete for her own hand. Princess Merida destroys a tapestry depicting her family and runs away.
 
She discovers a hut of an elderly witch (Julie Andrews). Princess Merida asks for a spell on her mom Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). The witch whips up a spell in form of a cake. Princess Merida then runs back to the castle and makes her mom eats the cake. Within seconds, Queen Elinor is a bear. While solving the spell, Princess Merida bonds with Queen Elinor.
 
The voices are phenomenal with authentic Scottish accents. This is a fun family adventure. This film is delightfully hilarious and you’ll laugh. The animation is gorgeously crafted with Pixar trademarks.
 
The messages are strong in this film. You determine your destiny. Follow the steps that will lead you to your fate. Be careful with your decisions and actions. Don’t take for granted the bonding time with your family. These messages maybe derivative from previous Pixar films but here, they are loud and clear.
 
Despite this is a Pixar film, Brave has its minor faults. This film is easily foreshadowed by the second act. You’ll instantly know what will happen in the end. Queen Elinor and Princess Merida live happily ever after.
 
Brave may have a Disney-esque that’s easily noticeable. This film has a female heroine Princess Merida and may represent a younger Katniss Everdeen. We have to realize that females can dominate the box-office. Females have power and strength too. Princess Merida proved it once again.
 
If we didn’t have Pixar, America’s cinema could be very different. Pixar releases excellent films that deliver their intentions. Brave demonstrates that Pixar still has its strong muscle and it will endure American moviegoing for years to come. B+

33 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this one, but I'll have to hunt it up I think.

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  2. I've heard a lot of good things about this movie, I really need to watch it! It sounds like something I'd enjoy :)

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  3. Haven't seen this yet, but really want to.

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  4. Saw it with the grandkids and enjoyed it more than they did!

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  5. I haven't seen this one yet either, but I think I'd like it. I loved Tangled, but not sure if that matters? hehe

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  6. My girls and I loved this scene, especially when Merida's mother wasn't quite herself.

    Good luck with the challenge.

    Cheryl
    http://www.thebusymomsdaily.com/2013/04/blogging-from-to-z-april-challenge_2.html

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  7. This was definitely a mother daughter film. However I appreciated that there were 2 parents all along. Disney has always killed off one of the parents and I could never figure out why. There's plenty of tribulation and conflict with 2 parents being present. Double it even!;)

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  8. My daughter and I love this film. It's a lovely tale of the bond between mother and daughter, which I secretly hope we will enjoy for a long, long time.

    Great choice for B!

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  9. i love emma thompson so i would watch it just to hear her magnificent voice!

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  10. I'm finding all sorts of movies I've never seen. Thanks for this one!

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  11. I really enjoyed "Brave" and almost everything else Pixar has ever done. They're a great studio and always put out quality films.

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  12. I really enjoyed this movie. My 9 year old niece absolutely adored it, and has been obsessed with archery ever since. She has absolutely no idea who Katniss is, but she will when she's older.

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  13. I really enjoy this movie, yet I feel that it's missing something. I don't know. Maybe it feels more Disney than Pixar but it just doesn't quite sparkle like their other films. It's still a great fill though, and I'm a huge Pixar fan.

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  14. We're still waiting to rent this one.


    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  15. I haven't seen this one yet and am not normally drawn to cartoons, but I know a few kids who may need to see it (with me, of course)!

    Good luck with A to Z! http://www.deborahdera.com

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  16. This is one of the few Pixar flicks I have not seen. My children are older teens now, so the excuse of taking them no longer works.

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  17. I watched Brave with my teenage daughter. It's a cute move with a nice twist to it.

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  18. I just saw this movie the other day for the first time..so cute, I liked it!

    Shannon @I Survived & Now I Run

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  19. I adore Brave because it focuses on a mother daughter and not girl boy relationship plus the little bears are cute ;o)

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  20. I loved this movie! I like that they change things up and she doesn't end the story married. They just leave it open and it's perfect.

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  21. I haven't seen it, but you make it sound worthy.

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  22. I absolutely adored this movie! Great 'B' pick!

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  23. I thought Brave was a really fun movie and enjoyed your post on it.
    Found you through the A-Z challenge and started following you.

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  24. Almost went to see this, but decided I'd wait for DVD. Pixar does good stuff though.

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  25. Is it okay that I didn't really like this movie? It was okay, but not my favorite Pixar movie.

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  26. I loved the movie. I am a animation fanatic anyways!

    www.vevisia.com

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  27. Love Pixar animated movies. Still haven't watched Brave yet though.

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  28. I loved Brave, anything that makes you smile, laugh and be happy has got to be good.

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  29. I never saw this one, but the messages you write about here make we want to see it.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #42

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  30. Haven't seen this yet, but it's on my list!

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  31. I LOVED Brave. I have three daughters, and we talked about the mother-daughter relationship, and how we should listen to one another, for days after this film.

    Great B post!

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