4. Brave (2012)

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6.0 Not Pixar's Best
  • Acting 5.8
  • Directing 6.9
  • Story 5.4
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Starring: Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Running Time: 93 mins


Brave is the latest addition to the Pixar film franchise, and it is basically a bit of a mick-take of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. It follows the life of Merida, a young girl who is to be the new queen of Scotland or something, however she wants to pursue her passion of being an archer. Her mother gets pushy and tries to make her stop, so Merida goes to a witch, who turns her mother into a bear…

I always love watching Pixar films, they are just always such fun, and this was too; the jokes were entertaining, the animation was as always incredible, and the storyline was way too over the top. Initially, I felt that the story following Merida being an archer was very promising, however it started to tail off a little when it became a bit like a fairytale.

The cliché of going to seek a spell to get someone out of your face was a bit disappointing, and then the fact that her mother was turned into a bear, and didn’t immediately want to tear her daughter’s face to shreds was in fact too ridiculous.

Obviously, the story was completely predictable, but it appeared to me that that was exactly what Pixar were going for, which allowed me to look at it in a much more light-hearted way.

Overall, this film gets a 6.0 because it was entertaining, and it kept my attention, but I think that the script was too ridiculous and not farcical enough to be truly funny.

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