Brave (2012 film)

Brave 2012 film movie poster


Rated: P13
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Director: Mark Andrews
Cast: Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Synopsis: “In rugged and mythic Scotland, the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would rather make her mark as an archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark ancient curse” (Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios).


Verdict: Perhaps the most unentertaining and uncreative Disney-Pixar animated film thus far and would definitely be one of the most forgettable one amongst all their productions. The movie’s biggest weaknesses are its kiddish humour, predictable linear storyline and lack of a significant character. Brave is a brilliant cartoon for kids but too bad, I ain’t no kid and this, got me yawning so much that even its pretty visuals couldn’t keep me engaged.

Second opinion: “It’s like Disney-Pixar’s lazy to come up with a better story; Madagascar 3 is more entertaining” (Iris Loong).

To watch in 3D? Don’t really see any reasons to. There isn’t much action nor any visually stunning moments.

Protagonist’s appearance: The hair is always the standout element which makes a human main character of an animation cool. Brave’s protagonist’s long messy curly red hair, however, makes her look like crazy bitch more than anything else.

Tribute to the late Pixar founder, Steve Jobs: One of the characters on the film is named Macintosh.

Post-credit scene: There is one but I missed it. Find out on Wikipedia.

Short film shown along with the film: Entitled La Luna – even more creative than Brave itself.

Rating: 2 / 5

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Moral of the story? If you’re a kid and you don’t get what you want from your mother, just turn her into a bear and spend two days and one night catching and eating fishes with her. Soon after that, she’ll break all traditions and self-stubbornness for you. Selfish deed worked out for Princess Merida here.

The wisps? In the movie, they’re the ones that led the protagonist into the whole mess. At the end of the film, it is revealed that the wisps are actually the spirits of the departed. So basically the logic is, you die, you turn into a wisp, you stay on Earth, you make really annoying gay sounds, and you appear some times. What the fuck?
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Why Brave sucks

Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invites to the special screening.

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  1. Kian Fai Koh

    well, I found out that Brave character design is good but the story board isn't cool enough.

    Maybe disney is maintaining the storyboard for kids and try to digging new effect of animation? who knows lol

  2. Merryn

    Three of us watched it. My hubs find it boring. It brought tears to my eyes. My son covered his eyes mid-way during the bear fight. All in all, we watched till the end. I emerged with smeared mascara, my son said he wants to watch this in 3D (ada kah?) my hubs plead for us not to watch it again >_<

  3. benjamin foo

    Some times, i dunno where to comment la. ON fb got more debate and real time reply lo. Here like on off.

    But agree with it being the most unentertaining pixar disney movie.

    ALso felt that the message was not strong enough

  4. Nana Eddy

    I guess this would be a turn off for guys? Reviews by girls usually favor the movie~ lol

    and yeah, the target audience is most probably going to be kids. And parents are well, just want to entertain their kids XD

  5. Eric Lee Huangshi

    Most unentertaining Disney's animation to date? Yes. However, I like how the environment was animated so real like in some scenes. Still an entertaining movie if you do not expect much of the predictable storyline

  6. Ken Wooi

    I thought it was engaging, usually I'd take a "break" and drink water throughout the movie.. But for Brave, it didn't even come across my mind to take a sip of water. 😛

    But yea, 2D1N of catching fish and nothing else changed the course of their life? Amusing! It'd be cool if the mum stayed as a bear. I know, evil me. 😛

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    tony

    @KianFai Depends on what you're actually referring to when you say character design. Appearance wise, yeah maybe it ain't that bad. But personality and attitude, nothing special.

    @Benjamin Yes, the message is weak and just wrong to me. Doesn't teach kids nothing but bad influence. The film did not lived up to its powerful name.

    @foongpc Perhaps the people you know are kids?

    @redlomo You obviously didn't read before commenting.

    @MichLeong Yes, a kid's perception, an adult's perception, and the perception of the easily amused.

    @Eric I simply cannot be entertained when even the jokes are predictable.

    @Ken I envy you. I was engaged by the poster and the title. What a disappointment in the end.

  8. Psylancer

    Though I don't think the movie is entirely fresh, I think this movie is really not too bad in my opinion. Not many Disney movies focuses on a mother-daughter relationship, and I think this movie has it.

    Side *irrelevant* note : PARENTS SHOULD REALLY KEEP THEIR DARN KIDS MOUTH SHUT OR INSTRUCT THEM TO SPEAK SOFTLY DURING THE F***ING MOVIE. I DON'T NEED ANY DARN MOVIE COMMENTARIES WHILE IN THE CINEMA AND CERTAINLY DON'T APPRECIATE MULTIPLE QUESTIONS THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE.
    *end of rant*

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