I just saw Brave and I have a lot of opinions. And I bet they are not going to be popular. But you know what? I don’t care.
I am absolutely unqualified to criticise this movie for its artistry, but you know what? I thought it was visually BEAUTIFUL. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about animation or that “rendering” stuff but the whole movie was unbelievably gorgeous.
However, something about which I do know a teensy little bit is writing and story. And as a daughter (in a family still fairly steeped in tradition) and girl, I know a bit about Merida’s situation. But I was deeply disapppointed. Visual quality alone cannot cover up a story’s problems.
I always applaud Pixar for creating animated films for children that produce feelings among children and adults that no one would expect—Monsters, Inc. did that for me. The Incredibles did that for me. Finding Nemo did that for me. Up did that for me. Toy Story 3 almost moved me—heck, everyone—to tears! These were all incredibly original films, and even though they were distributed by Disney, nothing about them was “typically” Disney. They were wildly creative, as well as moving and always memorable. In my very humble opinion, the case is not so with Brave.
Reasons and spoilers after the cut: