Brave could be better.

Pixar’s latest, Brave, isn’t half as good as it’s made out to be.

It was billed as one of the films of the summer, a guaranteed hit. And it probably was with the majority, but I didn’t think it was anything special. It was an ok movie, don’t get me wrong, but it definitely wasn’t up to Pixar’s usual standard.

A Pixar film is usually amazing. Pixar seem to understand emotion in films, in a way that other animators can only dream of. A Pixar movie can usually provoke some sort of reaction in everybody – no matter what age they are. Toy Story, Up, Wall-E – all amazing films, that are loved by millions of people around the world, of every age.

So while Brave was a good movie, it just wasn’t, in my opinion, what I have come to expect from Pixar – perfection.

Brave follows Princess Merida, a young Scottish princess, who loves archery, but doesn’t see eye to eye with her strict mother.

“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. (IMDB)”

Basically, when Merida causes her mother to get turned into a bear, she has to fix her mistake. General fairy tale stuff, they have to learn to accept each other, bladibladiblah… Seen it all before.

The only aspect to Brave that is really remarkable, is the animation. Pixar really pulled out all the stops with the animation, and it really shows. Not one detail is overlooked, and it really is beautiful.

Oh, but I must congratulate the writers for actually having a strong female protagonist in a kids movie. It doesn’t happen half as often as you’d think.

So all in all, I’m giving Brave 3/5. Completely unremarkable, but the animation pulls it through.

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