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Tanya Khoury: 'Brave' is beautiful
August 31, 2012
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It always feels like somewhat of a challenge to review an animated feature. It is a cartoon at the end of the day, and the depth, angles and characters sometimes are just exactly what they appear to be on screen. There is almost always no real hidden agenda in these kinds of films and unless taken from Burton’s brain pickings most titles are there for the sole purpose of entertaining. Digging deep into what the characters were trying to be and what they really portray makes me sound like I’m asking for trouble. Be that as it may, this is what is playing in our theatres, and this is what I wanted to see. And after my last Pixar adventure with Up I was really looking forward to a tale coming from the kingdom of the Scotts.

Brave tells a tale that we are all too familiar with – a determined, witty girl is set out to make her own decisions and wouldn’t be pressured into them by her parents and society. Of course, all that is set in a kingdom filled with magical beings, curses and lots of bears. Seeing the film in 3D, albeit uncomfortable, is definitely the way to go; the colours used and Pixar’s ability to transform animations into absolute crisp and genius rendering on the screen is truly a sight for sore eyes. With all the oohs and aahs that the visuals create, it manages to take a lot of focus from the actual story, which is not necessarily a bad thing though. The film goes on for a good 100 minutes but it takes quite a few turns that I felt were not consistent with the quality of the picture as a whole.

From the beginning of the story the premise is set for a light tale, the playful characters and the games involving the main character – Princess Merida voiced by Kelly Macdonald. However, once all that got into play the film suddenly went from beaming with colours to a darker turn, it became a lot more serious and not consistent with the tone set in the start. I didn’t mind it, but some of the kids around me started to get a little fidgety; so I placed an imaginary bubble around myself and continued watching the film. The choices for the voices were spot on with the likes of Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Craig Ferguson, to name a few. So even though I felt that the story was not as picture perfect as the visuals I didn’t think it was bad at all. There were a lot of laughs and the film breezed through its duration. It was most definitely not up there with Up (no pun intended) but it was entertaining enough. The characters are fresh and the jokes are not sour. It is a good package to be seen at the cinema, and can be enjoyed by all the ages. You know, if you are not as opinionated as I am and dissect every single scene, you may as well really enjoy it!

I am looking forward to the next Pixar title, their quality is impeccable and once they find another brilliant story to say, it will surely be a winner. Don’t miss it at the cinema though, Pixar films are not meant to be seen in the comfort of your home; they have to be in a large place with a large screen and perfect sound so that you can absorb it all in. A good 7.5/10 for Princess Merida and gang.
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