Brave (PG)

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Kelly MacDonald's red-haired lass, center, in Brave

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 7 2012

With past achievements including the ‘Toy Story’ trilogy, ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Wall-E’, Pixar has pushed the envelope for digital animation so many times that there’s a tiny bit of disappointment involved when its latest offering turns out to be merely really good rather than an absolute knockout. True, it does offer the company’s first female heroine, a tomboy-ish medieval Scots princess, Merida (delightfully voiced by Kelly Macdonald). But its blend of warrior adventure, parental bonding, scary bits and cute hi-jinks leans more to established, slightly predictable Disney formulae than usual. ‘McMulan’, anyone?

All that being so, ‘Brave’ remains enjoyable on so many levels that it’s almost churlish to grumble. It’s grounded in authentic emotional conflict, for one thing, as free-spirited teenager Merida fails to see why her mum, the Queen (Emma Thompson, impeccable as ever), insists on getting her married, since she’d rather be off shooting arrows than standing beside some stupid nobleman. Putting a witch’s spell on her parent turns out not to be the best idea, however, as the story feeds dramatic reversals into a touching learning curve for both parties. With a compelling central thread in its favour, the rest is about decoration, showing off the incredible degree of texture the animators have achieved in detailing clothes, armoury – and ginger hair!

Yes, there’s no mistaking we’re in Scotland, and another surprise is the affection displayed for a nation of wild landscapes, impenetrable accents and volatile personalities. With a super voice cast – including Billy Connolly and Kevin McKidd – clearly having a ball, there’s a degree of knockabout in the air, but no sense of shortbread-tin tweeness. No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it’s a brave effort.

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PG

UK release:

Mon Aug 13, 2012

Duration:

100 mins

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Frannie

Great mother-and-daughter movie. I loved this film because instead of the usual evil, unreal villain it featured a common, very real family conflict, which is handled in a very intelligent way. I also enjoyed Merida as the main character, a breath of fresh air!

TTHAPPY

The film is very interesting, it's great for kids as it teaches them to be careful of what they wish for. I also think it can bring the family together, espeacially mother and daughter as this is what the film is mainly about. I also love how it's based in Scotland. It's also quite funny. You will enjoy this.

Cj

I agree with john...Ian get a life. U have disected a kids film, well done u. Its not schizophrenic and not racial thats just u being over sensitive and anal :) ...theres always one eh

John

Great kids film with lots of likeable characters. As for Ian on a previous review, get a life you sad boy

John

Great kids film with lots of likeable characters. As for Ian on a previous review, get a life you sad boy

Ian

Did I watch a different film to everyone else? Firstly Chapman, who also wrote the script, didn't direct the film she was removed by Pixar and replaced. The credits show two directors and a co-Director which probably tells you all you need to know about the film. It has the look of a compromise with the co-director brought in as mediator between the writer and original director and the producers and replacement director. As such it displays the scizophrenia of a film that doesn't know if it should be a childrens action movie with laughs or a feminist girl power film. Perhaps it was the thought of the latter that caused the split between writer / director and the money men in suits? Just a thought Time Out the heroine was voiced by Kelly MacDonald and not Reece Witherspoon (who is shown in the cast list). MacDonald does a good job and Thompson does her normal professional job. Billy Connolly plays well himself. He and the others "Lairds" are not so much characters as cliches and racial stereotypes. I nearly fell asleep half way through. Its Ok but not great and as far as I am concerned unlucky thirteen for Pixar.

Talula Nixon

A truly great film. The storyline is smart, the characters are likeable, and the overall presentation of animation is beautiful. Unlike most Disney princess movies, you never feel uncomfortable from corny lines or misogyny.

Talula Nixon

A truly great film. The storyline is smart, the characters are likeable, and the overall presentation of animation is beautiful. Unlike most Disney princess movies, you never feel uncomfortable from corny lines or misogyny.

gazzanet

Good characters and script, but the film is marred by poor 3-D rendition. Much of it is set in dark locations, which don't work with 3-D glasses very well. Thought Pixar might have worked that one out. Will have to buy the DVD and turn up the brightness to see the film in full! As it was, much of the action was in the dark ...

scrumpyjack

Beautiful looking but lacks heart. Give me How To Train Your Dragon (which clearly was why this was green lit) any day. 7/10