Published December 1, 2012


Film info

  • Title Brave
  • Directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 33m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
  • Tagline Change your fate

Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it's too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.

Live Blog

Time Comment
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.


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!

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: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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