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Brave

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Bonnie lass misses the mark

Brave

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson It's been a banner year for teenage girls who let their bows and arrows do the talking.

Reader reviews 5

Brave

Brave.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson It's been a banner year for teenage girls who let their bows and arrows do the talking.

Reader reviews 5

Princess-like behaviour

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes Pixar stretches the capabilities of new technology but sticks to an old formula.

Reader reviews 5

Brave review

Technically lush, yet story is anything but brave

Princess Merida's non-conformist attitude has its downside.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson The Pixar animation studio is unlikely to appease its feminist critics with this strange, compromised revisionist fairytale.

Reader reviews 5

5 reviews so far

  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

    With Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3 - Pixar released a quartet of films in as many years which were the pinnacle of animated film. Sadly, both Cars 2 and Brave fall well short of the standards set by the class of 2007-10. Although Pixar continues to be a pioneer in technical terms, what set it apart from the Dreamworks of this world was it's attention to detail in the one area where every film is judged - the screenplay. The next film in the can is 'Monsters University'. Time will tell whether this is another cash play or a touching revisit to one of their more entertaining features.

    Commenter
    dalmanac
    Location
    Melbs
    Date and time
    June 21, 2012, 5:41PM
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed this movie far more than 5/10. The reviewer makes some fair points in the article but it actually comes together as a much more enjoyable film than his article (60% general review of Pixar films) suggests.

    The voice acting is great, the silly humour is not so overdone as to be annoying (ie it's less American and more Scottish), there are genuinely funny, scary and surprising parts, and it's all backed up by the great animation and artwork.

    It's not the first 15 minutes of Up, but it's the closest animation to it since.

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    James
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    Date and time
    June 24, 2012, 4:33PM
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I am stunned to see another critics dismissive review of Brave. I feel compelled to speak up in case you believe them.

    It's smaller than the usual Pixar fare (no chase scenes in massive set pieces) and relies on a simple mechanic of the strained relationship between a teen and her mother. These characters are beautifully written - the authentic and emotional core of this fable is expertly handled.

    So please don't buy into the poor critic reviews, this movie should not be judged on clinical terms, but by how it moves you without manipulating you. (spoiler: kleenex recommended for the third act!)

    I rate this as one of Pixar's finest moments - up there with The Incredibles. After watching Prometheus the week before it really hits home how a solid script with believable characters is fundamental.

    Bravo Pixar, bravo.

    Commenter
    CrowdedTrousers
    Location
    Adelaide
    Date and time
    June 24, 2012, 7:46PM
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My 9 year-old daughter loved it. Really loved it and wants to see it again. I thought that it was very enjoyable, funny, touching, laugh out lord in parts and very moving at the end.
    I'd see it again. It is very good.
    There are simply not enough films with strong female leads so its good to see one with an independent young woman.
    4 stars from me.

    Commenter
    Birubi
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    Date and time
    June 25, 2012, 6:05AM
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    It's still a children's movie, no need to over analyse and dig too deep into themes and plots and morals. Did the children love it? Was it entertaining and enjoyable? Will the kids watch it over and over again? I observed my 3 kids while they watched the film, and their reaction tells me the answer is yes.

    Commenter
    Rob
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    June 25, 2012, 9:42AM

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