Brave (2012)

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Brave (2012)
  • Time: 93 min
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
  • Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
  • Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly

Storyline:

A martial artist is forced by a Thai mafia gang to steal client information from a bank in exchange for his brother, who gas been kidnapped by the gang. When the gang kicks it up by strapping explosives to the man’s brother, the man decides it is time to strike back.

One review

  • I’ll admit ‘Brave’ doesn’t have quite the wall to wall boldness, rule-breaking and sheer brilliance of the very best of Pixar’s work, but I’ll still take it over 95% of the Hollywood films I’ve seen this year. It never bored me, it made me smile a lot, laugh a little, and was a more touching look at the complexity of mother and daughter relationships than most grown-up films that try to deal with the subject. It also has a heroine who is a spunky, tough and first rate advocate for girl power, while still being heart-meltingly vulnerable at just the right moments. And it has tremendously talented voice actors in Billy Connolly, Kelly Maccdonald, and especially Emma Thompson. Most important, it has a twist half-way through that takes it in a delightfully unexpected direction. I will admit, for the first half I was a bit under-whelmed, The film seemed more Disney than Pixar, with ‘safe’ humor and ideas. Just a touch disappointingly predictable. But then a witch gets involved in this medieval Scottish tale, and with a twist that’s more Shakespearian comedy than Disney, suddenly this is a new film we haven’t seen before. The second half easily won me back over, and I was left feeling, as I always seemed to be, that working for Pixar must be about the greatest job in movies.

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