The following review must be read with a Scottish accent (think Billy Connolly) for maximum effect (a red wig and freckles are optional):
Ya’ know, with the release of Pixar’s latest movie, a lot of critics have been wondering “Ah no, what has happened to the Pixar we knew and loved?” The Pixar that was always breakin boundaries, being experimental, and bringing new and glorious things to cinema?
Well to them I say “Open your bloody eyes! They’re still there!” Cars was the first sign that Pixar could produce an average, dare I even say boring, movie. Ratatouille, and even Up!, had a lot of things you simply had to overlook, or choose to ignore because there were other parts of the movie that were just so damn brilliant. In Up! in particular, they sold us on the first ten minutes, and could have done pretty much shown lol cats for the rest of the movie and we’d have all gone “Ah bless Pixar! That movie was so brilliant! And how about that opening scene? It was just so sad!”
So why all the hate for Brave? I’ll be the first to admit it’s very predictable! But is it funny? Aye! Is it sweet? Aye! Is it full of heart? Aye!
So shut your gobs, and just enjoy it.
And now that I’ve gotten that out of my system:
Brave is the story of Merida, a young Scottish princess, who is anything but. A tomboy at heart, she is more the son that her brothers have yet to become, than the daughter her mother wishes she was. As a result, her mother and her often don’t see eye to eye. After a horrific fight with her mother, she flees into the forest, where she finds a witch. She asks the witch to cast a spell to change her fate, and sets a tragic series of events into motion. She must find a way to break the spell, and free herself.
I decided to take a quick look at the general consensus for Brave on Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review aggregation site. 77% liked it.
I then decided to take a look at the general consensus for Cars. 74%.
While these are just numbers, they do indicate that you shouldn’t really expect more from Brave than you did from Cars. I’m sorry, but Brave is far better than Cars ever was. Brave and Cars are both predictable, but where Cars often failed to hit the right emotional cues, Brave succeeds. It’s not as great as Toy Story, or The Incredibles. Those two movies are without a doubt two of Pixar’s finest pieces of work. But let me just say that if you’re thinking twice about seeing Brave, don’t listen to all the critics. There’s a lot more good things to say about Brave than there ever was for Cars.
I’m not really going to talk much about the animation. As expected Pixar is constantly improving on what they previously delivered in this regard. If they ever fail to deliver, oh boy, will you hear about it.
The soundtrack is also quite nice, and of course, going with the Scottish theme, has a suitable Celtic sound.
Movie Rating: A fun, charming movie that’s predictable, but full of heart. It’s not going to win any awards for “uniqueness” but for those critics out there who seem to have forgotten, neither did Cars.