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an animated film directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews

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I like Brave, but I did not love it.

  • Jun 26, 2012
I like the new animated film Brave.  It is a lovely film to look at.  Merida is the princess of Scotland.  She is the main character in the movie.  Her mother, Queen Elinor, insists that Merida marry one of three male suitors.  The best part of the film centers around the relationship between Merida and her mother.  The mother character gains a new respect and acceptance  for her daughter.   This is beautiful to see on screen.       Merida has no interest in getting married.  She would rather ride her horse through the forest shooting arrows.  I like all the scenes with Merida shooting her arrows at targets, fish and bears.

Billy Connolly voices King Fergus.  He provides humor in some parts of the film.  Kelly Mcdonald provides the voice of Merida.  Emma Thompson voices Elinor.  They all do an excellent job  My main complaint is that the other characters are not fully developed.  The three suitors and their fathers appear in just two scenes.  The vocal talents of Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and Kevin McKidd are simply underutilized in the film.  These characters could have provided more humor and drama to make the film more interesting.  Julie
Fowlis contributes two songs to the film. "Touch The Sky" is a song about the spirit of adventure. This up lifting song makes my heart soar. I love the acoustic guitar playing here "Into The Open Air" is a song about breaking down walls and learning to understand each other. Patrick Doyle is the composer who scored the film. He tells the story of the film with his instrumental pieces. "The Games" is an instrumental piece that captures the spirit of competition. I love the bagpipes playing on this track. "Learn Me Right" is a beautiful song featuring a singer named Birdy with the group Mumford And Sons. This song reminds me that thedevelopno boundaries in life. The banjo playing is superb here. "Noble Maiden Fair" is a pretty song performed by Emma Thompson. I don't understand a word of this Gaelic song, but it is very pretty language to listen to. "Song of Mordu" is a song about hunting down a bear called Mordu. It is performed by Billy Connolly. He plays King Fergus in the film. This is a song of celebration and conquest. "We've Both Changed" is another instrumental piece that stands out. The first two minutes of this track are intense and dramatic. The last three minutes are peaceful and serene. The talented Patrick Doyle conveys a range of emotions in this five minute instrumental piece. I love the music in this film so much.   I liked the film. The script and some of the characters needed to be more well rounded.

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June 26, 2012
Good review!
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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Release Date: June 22, 2012
MPAA Rating: G
Studio: pixar animation
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