Walt Disney Pictures.
Running Time: 93 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
The animation giant known as Pixar, has a stellar track record when it comes to great films. With the exception of 2011's rare misfire, Cars 2, Pixar is known for making excellent films for EVERYONE. Whether it was Ratatouille, Toy Story 1,2,3, Wall-E, The Incredibles, and Up, Pixar has secured a reputation of delivering movies that brings us laughter, joy, tears, and happiness.
There latest entry Brave is unlike any Pixar or animated film you have seen before. It follows Merida voiced by Boardwalk Empires Kelly MacDonald, who is determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (Courtsey IMDB)
Brave is a good film. This movie is Pixar Animations darkest tale yet, and includes frightening battle scenes, a very sweet and sincere message, and a wonderful screenplay. The film succeeds and ranks up there with Pixar' best. Merida is Pixar' first female heroin, and is an unforgettable, and amazing character. The animation is breathtaking. Compared to other animated films coming out this Summer, Brave does not look like a cartoon. Pixar uses 3D to add effect and detail to the already groundbreaking animation.
Now, the film does have parts that drag on, and could have been cut short from the 106 minute film to make scene transitions more fluid, and not abrupt. This is Pixar' first original film since the OSCAR nominated UP, and does not rank in originality, and craziness compared to UP, but it does not disappoint. The animation, voice cast, and screenplay make up for these flaws, but still does not affect the PIXAR name and image. It is ranked on Rotten Tomatoes at 76% , which I think is too low because people are comparing Brave to Pixar' other accomplishments like the award winning UP, or Toy Story. To me BRAVE is the front runner for the OSCAR best animated feature category, and is so far my second favourite film of 2012, after the lovely Moonrise Kingdom.
Brave is a winner!