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Movie Review: Brave (2012)

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Plot Summary (Taken from IMDB): Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

One of the notable things about this film is that Merida is Pixar’s first female protagonist. She certainly isn’t a damsel in distress, because she can use a bow and arrow well and hold her own in the wild. Once the beastly curse shows up, Merida does her best to overcome it.

Another notable thing about the film is the soundtrack. Since the film’s setting is in Scotland, Celtic music was used to immerse the viewer into the land. It gave the film a magical ambiance that was enjoyable. Some notable songs include “Fate and Destiny”, “I Am Merida”, and “Noble Maiden Fair”.

Besides Merida and the soundtrack, the animation was beautifully done. According to a TIME magazine article, the animation system had been rewritten. It hadn’t been done in twenty-five years, but it worked. The most striking thing in the film is Merida’s long mane of curly hair, which looks so real you could touch it.

Despite the positive aspects of the film, the plot ruined my enjoyment of it. The film’s trailer did a good job not revealing it, showing  just enough to attract people’s interest. When the  plot was revealed in the film, my reaction was, “That’s it?”  Given Pixar’s reputation for great stories, I was expecting something more thought out and creative. Instead, the plot felt like a magical version of a certain 2003 Disney family film.

Simply put, this film could have been so much better. If you love animated fantasy films, then feel free to give this a shot. However, if you are a huge Pixar fan like me, then you might want to avoid this one.

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Written by Serena Zola

May 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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  1. While I found the storyline was very cliche, I did like the new aspects in it. For once, both the parent and the child were shown to be right in some aspects and wrong in another. It also focuses on the mother-daughter relationship which is rarely shown.

    The music would probably be one of my favourite parts. My favourite song would probably be ‘Touch the Sky’.

    mandarox

    May 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

  2. I had similar thoughts to you, I was surprised by how little plot there was and although there were many good aspects to it I felt that there was something missing.

    On the other hand, I was very surprised but happy to see for what I think is the first time there was no love interest for the protagonist!

    beckyday6

    May 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM


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