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Brave: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on July 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM


Released: Friday, June 22, 2012 (available in Real-D 3D)

Starring: Kelly MacDonald (as Princess Merida), Emma Thompson (as Queen Elinor), Billy Connolly (as King Fergus), Kevin McKidd (as Lord MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin), Craig Ferguson (as Lord Macintosh), Robbie Coltrane (as Lord Dingwall), Julie Walters (as the Witch)

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

Screenwriters: Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell

Runtime: 93 minutes

Rating: PG for some scary action and rude humor


           out of 100

No Risks Taken

       Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012

The wizards at Pixar Animation Studios have coupled originality and perfection - from groundbreaking visual effects to vivid characters and poignant stories - to extraordinary results: twelve masterpieces that have garnered financial success and critical praise. The unlucky number thirteen appears to have cursed the animation studio's latest feature; while "Brave" may feature a female heroine and a fairy tale story for the first time in Pixar's history, its conventional platitudes, in addition to emotional and dramatic monotony, illustrate a lack of the originality, let alone perfection, that engendered such excellence in previous films. While children will laugh at the comical situations created by the mischevious but adorable toddler triplets, audiences of all ages will respond indifferently to their sister. Her rebellious nature and tomboy character may exemplify a departure from female stereotypes such as fragility, yet her superficial characterization is not a departure from the emotional calculation of most animated films, rarely illustrating the true bravery that gives name to the title. Though the visual effects and panoramic cinematography of pastoral Scotland will certainly take your breath away, the formulaic plot - which replaces Pixar's moving pathos with Disney's saccharine sentimentality - will not, even when the sterling directorial execution highlights nuance that furthers, if sometimes belabors, the themes of this film. Unlike the skillful archer at its center, Pixar's latest arrow misses its target for the first time, drawing from a bow that may have finally lost its magic. 51/100

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1 Comment

Reply Mrs. Atlee
1:24 PM on July 18, 2012 
Great review, Kenneth.
Move over, Roger.