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on 3 December 2012
Hmm. Looking at all the glowing reviews on here this view isn't going to be popular, but here goes.
The main strength of the majority of previous Pixar movies for me has been their ability to appeal simultaneously to both adults and children. This is the first one in a good while which to be honest I found myself sitting there a little bored thinking 'I'm watching a kids movie'. The main problem is that there are few surprises. I'm not one for guessing what's going to happen next, but few and far between story 'twists' are telegraphed so obviously that they can be seen coming a mile away. This reduces the film to little more than just waiting for something you know is going to happen. The characters inability to figure things out until the last minute just becomes tiresome after a while.
The emotional manipulation of the songs and cheese factor is also way too high to be comfortable, with every conceivable Scottish cliche repeatedly rammed down your throat.
Yes, the animation and voice acting are up to their ususal high standard but large sections of the film seem designed for little more than to show these off. It's an amazing kids film of course, bright and flashy, but there's a layer of depth missing in the script which Pixar so often managed to tap into in the past.
That said it's not terrible by any means, but pitched against previous outings such as the Incredibles/Wall-E/Ratatouille etc it just doesn't measure up. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.