Sunday, December 30, 2012

Brave - My Review

Brave  -  2012  -  Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell

Pixar just does animation better. The colors are crisper, characters more defined, story more developed and landscapes more detailed. However, their latest offering, while at times a break from convention, suffers from one too many cliches and becomes bogged down in atypical Pixar fashion.

Princess Merida, (Kelly MacDonald) the young daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor, desperate to forge her own path in life, ventures out on her own and unleashes a deadly curse that threatens to destroy her family and the kingdom.

While most animated films feature a one note villain, "Brave" features none. It is a story about courage and family that would of rung more true had it not been weighed down by such incessant cliches. Girl complains her family doesn't understand her and wants to break from tradition. She wants to prove she is old enough and wise enough to be on her own and shows otherwise and then must spend the rest of the film trying to undo her mistake.

A film this beautiful looking with such great voice acting deserved a better story and I've come to expect way more from Pixar.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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