2012 Movie Reviews: Brave

NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

I am seriously thinking about removing the previous post regarding Pixar and their future. It appears that Pixar made a little mistake with Cars 2, and now they have this movie to make up for it.

The story centers around Princess Merida, who just doesn’t want to get married. She doesn’t want to  be prim and proper, and ‘wants adventure in the great wide somewhere’ as it where. She eventually flees into the woods, where she learns the most valuable lesson in any story: When a creepy witch offers to grant your wish, be sure to word your wishes VERY CAREFULLY. Merida wishes her mother would change her mind, and her mother changes… into a bear. (Yep, i’m aware that this major plot point was left completely out of the films advertising, but it’s true.)

This movie actually feels more like a Disney/Pixar film than you might expect. The characters are very likable, Merida is arguably the strongest of the Disney Princesses, the animation is PERFECT, and the story is very well written. The relationship between Merida and her mother is what drives the story forward, and when the mother is in her bear form, she manages to convey a lot of emotion without talking, kind of like Toothless in ‘How To Train Your Dragon’. Oh, and the triplets steal the show in every scene they’re in. In a world of Pixar Perfection, the only flaw I can find is three particular moments that make me say “Never thought I’d see THAT in a disney movie.”

At the beginning of the year, I believed that this movie would be nominated for Best Picture, and I still hold to that belief. It is one of Pixar’s best, if not THE best, and I cant wait for it to come out on BluRay, so I can watch it OVER and OVER.

*****

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