Movie review: Brave (2012)

I have downloaded this animated movie ‘Brave’ for quite some time but I haven’t had the time to watch it then. Yesterday’s night, I was free and then the idea of watching it suddenly popped out in my mind. So, I’m gonna spend my comfortable Saturday’s night for this movie. Earlier, I don’t have any intention to watch it but since it receives favorable reviews from critics, then I give it a go, and I’m not disappointed. The movie is very entertaining.

‘Brave’ tells the story of  a skilled archer named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom when the gathering involving other clans arrived to compete for Merrida. After consulting a witch for help, her mother is cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late.

First of all, I have to say the animation quality is fantastic from this film, eventhough it’s not considered groundbreaking yet. It also came to my knowledge that Pixar completely rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years for this film’s production to make the most complex visuals possible. Good effort from there and I can see great improvement in the visuals as compared to its previous works like Toy Story, etc.

The story then, is brilliantly thought of eventhough it’s just like another typical fairy tale. I personally like this because it doesn’t involve any romantic love relationship. Instead, it focuses on mother-daughter relationship, telling us that family bond is the core of the story now. From that point of view, children and even adults could easily learn some moral values and messages from this film. Furthermore, I find the ending part of the film to be quite touching and emotional, something I have not seen from much of Pixar’s films (previously Toy Story 3 did so only).

There is a balanced proportion of elements of mystical (from the witch), adventurous (from Merrida herself, the main character), and warmth (the family). A witch returns to a fairy  tale, but this time, the witch is actually a good one, but just didn’t had the opportunity to remind Merrida of the consequence of the spell. (sorry for little spoiler here) So, the story is carved out away from very typical fairy tale but still stays in that particular direction (spell breaking, castle environment, royalty) . There are also a number of funny scenes that would get you entertained in the middle. And don’t forget to watch the end post-credit scene too. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Brave’ a total of 7.7. A very entertaining, warm and touching animated film.

(All images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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