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