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jsmulligan 6/23/2012 10:02:25 PM

Went with my wife and daughter to see this today, and we all loved it.  Beautifully animated, great soundtrack, and fantastic voice work.  I don't get the complaints I'm seeing abut the story.  I thought it was a good story with plenty of genuine emotion (my wife teared up a bit at one point).

The film did feel like it could have used another 10-20 minutes to flesh out a few things (some of the secondar characters, the story of the old kingdom and the curse, maybe a bit more of Merida being adventurous), though that might have pushed it a bit long for the younger viewers.  Could have done with out the bare bottoms, but the audience we were with laughed at that.  There was a rather intense moment toward the end that is rough for young viewers.  My three year old as clinging to me saying she didn't like it and asking me to turn off the movie. 

Quite possibly my second favorite Pixar movie.  Maybe third.

jsmulligan 6/23/2012 10:04:40 PM

Death, you certainly are spending a lot of time defending Prometheus.  If you had no problem with that story and that script, I'd be VERY curious to see what you would consider to be a movie with problems in that regard...

death4sale 6/24/2012 3:29:20 AM

Yeah, sorry about bringing it to this thread. I kind of showed up to the party late on the Prometheus thread. I'm not saying the movie didn't have faults, but they don't bother me as much. Of course there are problems, but I'm willing to overlook some of those which keeps me happy. There is so much negativity already, I choose to focus on the positive aspects because I know what it's like to go through the creative process and make a film. I know this film had it's fault, but I don't dwell on them because there's nothing I can do to change them. What's important in my opinion is that Ridley Scott told the story that he set out to tell. I think filmgoers expect a little too much out of their entertainment these days. If it was an easy job, everyone would do it. I think the film had more strengths than weaknesses. In addition to filmmaking, I have a B.A. in Philosophy which is why this film fascinates me, it dares to ask and present possible explanations for some of the most fundamental questions. I will not talk about it anymore on this thread. Sorry for bringing it up again. I wasn't the first to speak of it on this thread.

LadyBrowncoat 6/24/2012 7:23:32 AM

 I feel as if I saw a different film than the reviewer did.  I adore Pixar, but I am not blinded by its dazzle.  Cars 2 disappointed me.  But Brave did not.  Tick off on your fingers the number of animated films that are about the relationship between a mother and her daughter.  Any coming of age story about a girl HAS to include the relationship with her mother.  I absolutely loved this film.

ElBaz13 6/24/2012 1:41:57 PM

Just came back from seeing Brave with the family and we all loved it. Pixar dug deep into Paris for Ratatouille just like they dug deep into Scotland for this one. I have two girls and they could associate more with this movie than Cars 1 and 2. Two boys were sitting next to me and they seemed bored, especially during the mother-daughter bonding scenes. I heard my oldest daughter (9 years old) sniffle at the end so you know Pixar got to her. :)

As for bringing young kids. Yes, that is my pet peeve. Ignorant parents. Just because it's a cartoon movie, doesn't necessarily mean it's a kids movie. Some parents showed up with kids probably not even 2 years old. For all you parents out there considering bringing a young kid like that to a movie, do your research. There were at least 3-4 kids crying saying they were scared and wanted to go. Some were leaving their seats because the subject matter wasn't interesting to them, etc... It was totally distracting. My kids were getting annoyed at all the disturbances.

But overall, I think this is another Pixar winner. Don't care what the critics say. A "bad" Pixar movie is still better than a lot of junk out there like say the Ice Age or Open Season movies.


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