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Not a Great but pretty good.,
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This review is from: Brave [DVD] (DVD)
I was surprised to read some quite vitriolic 1 and 2 star reviews about this film. I really don't think it deserves the opprobrium heaped upon it. One review even criticised the Scottish accents which was bizarre given that many of the principal voice artists were Scottish.
The animation is superb and the Scottish Tourist Board must have got down on bended knee to give thanks and praise to Pixar for the lingering, sweeping shots of stunning scenery.
The story is fine. Merida, a feisty independent young maiden who's extremely proficient with a bow and arrow rebels against the proposition that she marry a member of another clan in order to promote peace between the clans. She falls out with her mother as a result and ends up doing a deal with a witch to try to change her mother. The change turns out to be a physical one rather than the change of heart Merida was expecting as mum turns into a huge brown bear. The film turns into a race against time to turn mum back before she transforms from a cute anthropomorphised creature to a bona fide wild animal.
Merida tries various ploys to break the spell including trying to unite the clans and repair a tapestry torn during her spat with mum. Of course the spell is eventually broken and everyone lives happily ever after.
The film features much fun with Highland games being fought to win Merida's hand and the clans come across primarily as bone headed dolts fit only for fighting each other. The scenes with the ethereal Will o the Wisps might be a little too eerie for very young or sensitive children and they may also be upset by the big bear fight at the end.
There are fewer adult gags in this film than previous Pixar offerings and the film feels more 'Disneyfied' which is not necessarily a good thing. I've heard it said that Disney don't consider anything theirs until they've p*ss*d on it. Let's hope that this is not the case with Pixar.