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Jan 15

Brave

braveGenre: Animation / Family
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Starring: Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane

 

Change your fate

 

Merida is a scottish princess who is not too happy about being pressured into behaving like a respectable young lady. Instead of dressing up, she rather prefers the free spirited way of life and enjoys spending her days horse riding and playing with her bow and arrow.

Her parents let her know that she will be married to one of the young sons of her father’s allied clans. Merida is not happy with this arrangement and sabotages the competition the young lads has to go through to win her hand. After being disciplined by her mother, she goes off to the woods where she meets a witch who grants her a wish to change her mother. But the wish doesn’t do exactly what she wanted and now she has to find a way to turn her mother back to normal.

Reviewing an animated Disney film, yeah that’s exactly what I was hoping for when I launched this site a few months ago. To be fair though, the Pixar production company has delivered several watchable animated features during the last 20-25 years. And I do watch the Disney Christmas special each year, but I just do not care much for their modern work and dislike the company as a whole.

Brave is a film that is supposed to deal with the relationship between Merida and her mother Elinor. It tries to speak of the importance of independence and parental control, but does not to a very good job at it. What we see is a young girl who stands up against her parents, but also puts her mother into great danger by being careless and selfish. After that happens, everything is about Merida trying to redeem herself from the harm she has caused.

The characters are all very clichĂ© and quite common in films like these. I also didn’t think that little Merida comes to life. I don’t believe that it is a character that people will remember several years from now. Technically however, the film is brilliant. It’s amazing to see what they are able to do with technology these days and Brave looks mighty fantastic. It’s too bad that this didn’t help in making Merida more lifelike however.

Brave is actually not a very brave film, but rather Disney / Pixlar playing it very safe. It is made for kids to have a good time and tries to avoid becoming annoying for the parents. The best animated films will touch your heart, but don’t look for anything like that here. If you love films like this, then you will probably enjoy it. If not, then there are several other ones that are out there with more charm and heart than Brave.

 

 ★★½☆☆ 

 

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