Movies I Saw All The Way Through In 2012 With No Fast Forwarding or Anything #16: Brave (2012)
It’s cool if you don’t think this film was exceptional, but anyone disappointed by Brave's plot twist should have to name 5 good films about mother/daughter relationships - no googling - before claiming this one is cliche. To be fair, considering the relative maturity of the identity/empathy issues involved, I am willing to believe there are young girls as disappointed Brave wasn’t just about a tomboy kicking ass as many adult men were.
I’ve only seen three Pixar films in full (in general I’m trying to save children’s movies for when I actually have children), so I can’t swear Brave is up to the gold standard. But like Toy Story and Up, this film had fun characterization, smart gags, heart tugging and inspired set pieces. Unlike Toy Story and Up, it didn’t have a fucked up message about the sanctity of material possessions or turn a character into a serial murderer just to provide an action climax. In the end, my favorite bit was that every single guy in the movie was a well-intentioned, sentimental oaf.
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- nicolemarietherese said:Terms of Endearment, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Pieces of April, Because I Said So, and This is My Life then a lot of maybes (Spanglish, Postcards from the Edge, and Steel Magnolias) Didn’t see Brave. Just wanted to see if I could do it.
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