Brave is Pixar Animation Studio’s 13th full length movie, its first to feature a girl in the lead, and its first “Princess movie”. Does this movie live up to the standards of previous Pixar movies? Almost, but not quite.
Brave is about a young Scottish Princess, Merida, who is about to be betrothed to the winner of a skills competition, and she does not find any of the men to her liking, so she wins the competition herself, and runs away to try and change her fate.
Merida is a good character and I liked Pixar’s design of her, and I like the way they made her a free spirit, and not wanting her greatest asset to be that she is marriageable like some of the other Disney Princesses, but sadly the writing of the movie just wasn’t quit up to the usual Pixar standard.
The story doesn’t resonate like WALL-E, UP, or Toy Story 3, all of which are classics that make you laugh and cry regardless of your age. Brave is just merely good, which for other animation houses is probably fine, but for Pixar is kind of a shame and a letdown.
The movie does look great and advances the things they can do with computer animation, and I am sure they are going to continue push the limits of their field. I just hope they get back to doing what made their movies classics in the first place.
I used to get very excided for Pixar movies, and I hope they get back to their winning ways, but with their current focus on sequels, I am not sure that is going to happen. I had high hopes for Brave, and it just didn’t live up to expectations.