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Is Brave a noun--or an adjective?

  • Jul 12, 2012
By the end of this latest in an unbroken line of Pixar instant classics, you will have no doubt. From beginning to end, Brave displays the intelligence, honesty, and unflinching forthrightness that I think is the signature characteristic that makes Pixar movies both indelibly memorable and watchably funny and smart.

While Merida, the famously and fabulously red-headed coming-of-age princess, is the central character, I was drawn to her loving but overpowering queen mum as the most important character in the movie. Both had much to learn about talking and listening, parenting and growing up (I wonder why "childing" isn't a parallel word to its parent, even though it is as valuable and rare a skill), The characterizations of both are powerfully funny and emotional, and Pixar never flinches from the awkwardness of Merica wishing her mother were not so much of a bear, and from the necessity of Merida accepting responsibility for that literal fulfillment of that figure of speech. One can only wish that most of the so-called "grownup" movies had this much emotional bite and impact. Consider this. My 21 year old son and I went to the movie together without apologies and yes, we both laughed out loud and wept.

Of course, there are the great lines and sight gags that Pixar never seems to miss that make both children and adults laugh. There are naked butts in this movie, and you will laugh at them! From a technical standpoint, much has been made of the difficulty of animating Merida's hair, but neither that nor the 3-D effects intrude (as so many 3-D versions do) into the essential enjoyment of an intelligent and powerful tale well told.

Speaking of intelligent tales, the short cartoon that precedes the movie by itself has more than 80% of the movies coming out of Hollywood today--and it has no dialogue behind gestures, facial expressions, and the occasional grunt, growl, or mumble. We see a grandfather, father, and son out on a boat for a moonlit mission, and in just a few short minutes we learn with powerful imagery how a son learns to both imitate and exceed his ancestors! How should you wear your cap?

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review by . June 24, 2012
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Change Your Fate....Be Brave!
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review by . July 17, 2012
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review by . June 23, 2012
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B for Brave
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Quick Tip by . September 08, 2012
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Y-A-W-N .......   Sorry, saw it in the afternoon and it didn't do much for me! Blame it on the lack of coffee!
review by . June 22, 2012
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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Release Date: June 22, 2012
MPAA Rating: G
Studio: pixar animation
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