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Film Watch - 280. Brave

Published December 1, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: Brave Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 33m

Background Info

I wasn’t totally convinced about this one from the trailer, but I was intrigued to see what Pixar would do with their first proper female lead, and where this story could go. I’ve not liked everything that Pixar has done but their strike rate is pretty good, so (mostly) always keen to watch a new one!

Live Blog

2:15 - Her hair is epic. 5:00 - Doing landscapes in animation seems a bit weird, but it works okay. 6:24 - “She doesnae doodle.” 8:27 - It’s all gone a bit Tom Cruise, climbing tall cliffs without ropes. 10:47 - What’s a collywobble? 14:37 - The King chap is enormous. His hand is bigger than the Queen’s head. 23:27 - Ooh, Highland games. Tossing the caber and some such! 31:59 - A touch of whimsy. Whimsy is a fabulous word. 34:21 - Why is there an American crow in ye olde Scotland? 40:57 - Don’t make your bear mother angry. 43:47 - A castle seems like a big enough place to hide in though. 45:19 - Those tricksy little brothers are super-smart. 48:29 - That’s a very expressive big ol’ bear. 50:33 - Cauldren based phone menus are most excellent. Vial 3. 1:02:33 - It’s weird that she keeps calling the bear mum. 1:07:42 - So… that’s a bear doing charades. 1:12:58 - Sturdy doors in them days. 1:13:59 - Hehehe, three little bears. 1:17:08 - Blimey, this is all quite dramatic. 1:18:25 - This is the second film in a row where I have to say: Bear rage! 1:24:35 - I have no idea what the final fable actually means.

Conclusions

I hadn’t realised there was a bear in this. That’s two bear films in a row! I loved most of the bear stuff, the feminine walk, the gestures, the communication, bear rage! Overall, though, I wasn’t totally convinced by the whole thing. It was good, a nice 90 minutes of entertainment, with a few laughs. There were bits that didn’t make much sense, though, and it all seems to hang on the magic - which is also very confusing. I liked it, but it’s not my favourite Pixar offering.

**Rating: **35

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