Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Review: Brave Continues Pixar Tradition
First off, the movie is a visual treat. From the characters—the design of Merida, Fergus, and Dingwall is stupendous—to the backgrounds, to facets as arcane as CG hair simulation, Brave is this year's most beautiful animated feature.
But does the story reach the emotional heights of Up or Toy Story 3? As with Cars 2, the answer is no. But it comes close. The ancient Scottish setting and, towards the end, Merida's relationship with her mother, does a lot to make that happen.
The film is much less dark than expected. I thought the marketing was hiding the tale's scarier parts; it wasn't. The action, though, is loud and intense, earning the movie its PG rating. (You'll have to watch to find out what the "rude humor" the MPAA refers to is all about.)
Although, as a fairy tale, Brave isn't as original as, say, a cultured sewer rat cooking at a fine Parisian restaurant, it never fails to entertain its target audience, which is everybody. Go see it this weekend.