I enjoyed it. It was good but definitely lesser Pixar. Not in the Cars 2 Ballpark but around the Cars and A Bug's Life range. It is a bit worrying though that my favorite part of the movie was Merida's hair. In fact the overall animation was gorgeous.
Kelly McDonald was a delight and I love that Merida was not at all prince or marriage obsessed but considering Pixar, I was expecting Merida to be deeper as a character. In fact there wasn't much depth to the whole movie at all. There really was no major conflict here, whatever tension between mother and daughter was pretty much erased once [SPOILER]Eleanor turned to a bear[/SPOILER].
Also, I agree that the resolution was pretty terrible. When [SPOILER]Bear Queen attempts to stitch back the tapestry, no one sees her moving in the background when there were at least twenty eyes staring in her general direction and as already mentioned Merida could have and eventually does stitch it back herself[/SPOILER].
It seems pretty harsh to over-analyse what is a basically a kid's film but considering the high standard Pixar has set itself, I think it's fair game. As I have said, I enjoyed the film. It was just not Pixar's strongest entry to the canon. By comparison I found La Luna the short before it to be more charming. A lot of people also compared this to How To Train Your Dragon look and feel wise and in the end, I think the Dreamworks entry was the superior film.
I enjoyed this... it wasn't by means the best that this bunch has produced, but I certainly liked it far more than their of the Cars movies.
For some reason, I felt a weird, emotional reaction to this film and ended up tearing up a bit ... perhaps I was having a rough day and I needed an excuse. But yes, there was monster-truck sized plot holes, but I thought the voice acting and the technical elements were great... so this becomes my heart-over-head pick for my top 10
Romney's less subtle campaign message: "Don't ask questions and just vote for me!!"
For those interested, here's an amazing (if long) piece about Brave: http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/just...rincess-movie/
It says everything I've been feeling about the film but unable to express.
Reading that earlier made me want to see this very badly.
Great read, and yeah, I think the quote above goes a long way to explaining Hollywood's problem with women.Growing up in the eighties, I watched movies about boys and girls with equal relish, empathizing with the protagonists and getting totally absorbed in story without my parts getting consciously in the way. When I realized the boys in my classes didn’t do the same thing — they refused to see themselves in female protagonists and found the prospect humiliating to contemplate — I felt I had overstepped my bounds. Feeling simultaneously embarrassed at being so profligate with my sympathy and spiteful towards those who weren’t, I started watching movies the way I was supposed to: as a girl, specifically.
Boy, was it bleak.