You may have heard some rumblings. Whispers that Brave does not live up to the high standard set by Pixar. Poppycock! That’s what I say to that. I loved this entry into fairy tale territory and their first princess, is a headstrong, opinionated firecracker, who is not looking for a prince. Excellent! And the bravery they end up addressing delves deeper than just mere adventure and danger. It was funny and heartfelt. I do not about you, but that resonates as a solid Pixar film to me. (As recently discussed at Fog’s Movie Reviews, it may not rank as high as other Pixar Classics, but it is still a worthy addition to the company’s amazing filmography.)
Brave is also carrying many firsts. It is the Pixar’s first fairy tale and princess movie and it is smartly set in 10th century Scotland. This allows for some unbelievably beautiful scenery. Actually, a bit of trivia is that to make Brave changes (for the first time in over 20 years) had to be made to the studio’s software (to create the complex visuals) and it reaches some incredible realistic heights.
Also, this was the first with a female director in the mix, Brenda Chapman ( with co directors Mark Andrews and Steve Purcell). I think having Chapman on the team helped since this was the first time the story focused on a female lead. There were very strong female themes that were explored and I am sure having a woman on board made it easier to be truthful to the feminine perspective. As someone who appreciates strong women on-screen it was nice to see Pixar put there spin on it and hit the mark.
I will add that the narrative surprised me. It was NOT what I was expecting given the trailers. How awesome is that? And although simple and straightforward it is told in an engaging fashion, full of love and a bit of magic. It made me laugh and it made me tear up (no spillover :D). All the voice talent is spot on–especially Kelly Macdonald and Emma Thompson as the mother/daughter team. I can not too much more for those who have yet to see it. Go ahead. Ignore the naysayers. Pixar had there miss already with Cars 2 :). I think you will come out happy you gave it a chance.
Another reason to go see it is for the new short that plays beforehand. La Luna! WOW! It is absolutely lovely and kind of magical.
- Review: Brave – a Pixar movie (kidmania.wordpress.com)
- The Trouble with Quibbles: Brave (shootingthescript.wordpress.com)
- Review: Brave, 2012, dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman (agcrump.wordpress.com)
- Theatrical Review: “Brave” (viewerscommentary.wordpress.com)