Directed by Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Pixar Animation Studios has held top ranks in the film industry, and has pushed the boundaries on what we come to expect out of animated features. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about the first Toy Story, or Brave’s successor Up, each film embraces a plot that typically has grown up subject matter and makes it innocent. With Up we saw Carl dealing with the lose of his wife, Toy Story 3 the burden of growing up, and Brave dealing with the fight for freedom and change. With Princess Merida disagreeing with the fact that she must have an arranged marriage, she goes about dealing with this in a way we will not go into detail about because that’s the juicy part of what makes the movie good. This feature is something else with its very surprising plot twists, to laugh out loud dialogue the movie does hold its own end but not in a Pixar kind of way. Brave isn’t a bad movie at all, it’s just a little childish and doesn’t have the filling that we have found in Wall•E, Up, Cars, or even Monsters Inc. This adventure story is one that the entire family would enjoy and will more than likely send some of the you crying to its goose bump inducing scenes. During its technical aspects, Brave does not fall short with beautiful landscape designs and background noises and who can’t forget its great soundtrack. The movie can be intense for younger viewers but sustains a consistent pace through out. In the end, Brave is a great Disney movie, but falls short of being a great Pixar movie.
Final Rating: 7 bows & arrows, out of 10.
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