Monday, 3 December 2012

Brave (2012)

Directors: Mark Andrews,Brenda Chapman & Steve Purcell
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly & Emma Thompson

                                            ''Fate be changed, look inside. Mend the bond torn by pride.''

Film #12 of The December Project

Is it really necessary to keep using the medieval age as a point of reference for animation films ? I mean 'How to Train Your Dragon' was fine but come on, the age really isn't all that interesting or entertaining, this is not really a slur on this film but instead of this time period being constantly utilized.

A red haired and sociopathic young girl is ignorant to the way of her family's tradition and attempts to change them for her own selfish reasons and to change her own fate, in doing so she casts a witches spell which sees her mother turn into a bear.

'Brave' is the brain child Disney Pixar studios. Pixar is known for constantly creating films that audiences of all ages will enjoy, and upon release of this film the general consensus seemed to be favorable, but 'Brave' feels far more like a sole Disney film than a Pixar one. It lacks that intelligence and wit that make Pixar films so relateable and so universally beloved.

'Brave' is of course a gorgeous looking film, the landscapes and scenery more so than the characters, which all looked quite obscure and frightening, and they all have strange heads! but the environments are delightful and easy to get lost in.

This film features one of the unlikeable and despicable characters I have ever encountered in a Pixar film, and that is the films 'Protagonist', Merida. What a bitch she is, there is absolutely no way I could get behind her, she is so vindictive and selfish, sure she wants control of her own fate, but she has to do it in the most inhumane way imaginable, she turns her loving mother whom only wants the best for her, into a bear! If you ponder that for a moment, you'll discover that its really damn disturbing.

I didn't dislike this film all that much, I enjoyed its mostly  stunning animation but hated its shallow main heroine. Luckily there are some enjoyable side characters and a decent voice cast that includes Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson. 'Brave' is definitely not Pixar's finest hour.


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