Brave: Review, Discuss, DVD, Sequel, ect.

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by JD, Jun 25, 2012.


Rate Brave

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  1. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Disney/Pixar's Brave was just released this weekend. Metacritic's Description:
    Metacritic Rating: 69/100 with 28 positive reviews and 8 mixed.
    My comments: I honestly thought this was Pixar's best movie since Wall-E. It had a great story, with outstanding well acted characters, and the animation is absolutely amazing. And it was a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of stories with these kind of historical/fantasy setting, and I thought they used the setting very well in this.
    My Vote: Outstanding
  2. zephramc

    zephramc Commodore Commodore

    May 13, 2001
    I watched it yesterday with my daughter. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't close to Pixar's best. The animation was outstanding. The characters were well done. The story was good. Again, it wasn't Pixar's best though. Since I'm at it, I'll put my ranking of the Pixar films:

    1) The Incredibles
    2) Toy Story 2
    3) Toy Story
    4) Monsters Inc.
    5) Toy Story 3
    6) Finding Nemo
    7) WALL-E
    8) Brave
    9) Up
    10) Ratatouille
    11) Cars
    12) A Bugs Life
    13) Cars 2
  3. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Are we the only two who have seen this? I was expecting a bigger turnout when I started the thread.
  4. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 16, 2003
    Alt: 5280
    We took the kids on Saturday. I liked it just fine, and as Zephramc mentioned the animation and characters were great, but I agree that it wasn't Pixar's best. Here's my list:

    1. The Incredibles
    2. Toy Story
    3. Ratatouille
    4. Cars
    5. Finding Nemo
    6. Toy Story 3
    7. Wall-E
    8. Monsters, Inc.
    9. Brave
    10. Up
    11. Toy Story 2 (I've only seen this once and don't really remember it except that Frasier and Newman were in it)
    12. Cars 2 (I thought it sucked)
    n/a - A Bugs Life (I've never seen it)
  5. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell memelord Premium Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Saw it with my kids yesterday. Everyone loved it. I'm not in the habit of ranking Pixar films. I don't think it was their best, but definitely not the worst. The animation was great, of course--gets better with every film. I did like the narrative structure, in which the villains weren't really "villains" but more agents of chaos--the real threat to overcome was Merida's own pride.

    The La Luna short at the beginning was cute, too.
  6. nightwind1

    nightwind1 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 28, 2010
    Des Moines, IA
    Saw it at the drive-in theater Friday night, double-featured with "Avengers". Just me (51) and wife (53), no kids.

    It was a very good movie. Not Pixar's best, but certainly mid-grade Pixar or better. And mid-grade Pixar is better than 90% of other CGI animated features.
  7. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Hmmm based one what I remember of the movies my Pixar rating would be:
    1. The Incredibles
    2. Wall-E/Finding Nemo
    3. Brave
    4. Up
    5. Toy Story 2
    6. Toy Story 3
    7. Toy Story
    I don't have a clear enough memory of the rest to include them. I've never seen Cars 2.
  8. Mike Farley

    Mike Farley Commodore Commodore

    Mar 25, 2005
    Lost Vegas
    Saw it today. I liked it well enough. Middle of the pack for Pixar
  9. AvBaur

    AvBaur Captain Captain

    Feb 11, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    Saw it last week and liked it a lot. I actually like it more the more I think about it. I loved how they took the familiar Disney fairy tale format and made something quite different by dropping the whole love story angle and making it all about the mother/daughter relationship.
    Beyond that, the movie is very funny and visually stunning. Beautiful animation and designs - Merida's hair looked amazing! The 3d wasn't bad either, but seemed awfully dark at my theater.

    The forest spirits and transformations reminded me of Ghibli movies such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

    Here's my current Pixar ranking:

    1. The Incredibles
    2. Up
    3. Ratatouille
    4. Toy Story 3
    5. Finding Nemo
    6. Brave
    7. Monsters, Inc.
    8. Wall-E
    9. Toy Story 2
    10. Toy Story
    11. Cars
    12. A Bug's Life
    13. Cars 2

    I pretty much like all of them, though. Even on the lower ranks there are still movies I really enjoy watching. The only one that I probably won't rewatch much is Cars 2, and even that one isn't that bad.
  10. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

    Jul 20, 2000
    Durham, North Carolina
    Just got back from seeing this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not Pixar's best effort but it's certainly classic Pixar (which Cars 2 was not). There were a few moments I didn't like or messed up with the flow of the film, but it was still a lot of fun.

    Incidentally, I read on Wikipedia that there was a post-credits scene which I didn't stick around for (apparently the crow shows up at the castle with the bear carvings). Isn't this the first time Pixar has done a post-credits scene?

    On a side note: I loved (as usual) the short film that played prior to Brave, called La Luna. It's films like this that will inspire children's imaginations for years to come. I grinned like a little boy the whole way through. :D

    My Pixar rankings:

    1. Up
    2. Toy Story 3
    3. The Incredibles
    4. Wall-E
    5. Ratatouille
    6. Toy Story 2
    7. Finding Nemo
    8. Monsters, Inc.
    9. Toy Story
    10. Brave
    11. A Bug's Life
    12. Cars
    13. Cars 2 (this is the only Pixar film I didn't like)
  11. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    The Great Wide Somewhere
    The plot could have been tidier, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

    My ranking can't really be linear, but hows this:

    Fantastic: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E

    Great: Up, Toy Story 1, Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, Brave

    Good: Toy Story 2, A Bugs Life, Monsters, Inc.,

    I just don't get it: Cars, Cars 2
  12. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    Kansas City
    Saw yesterday with my niece, we both enjoyed it. I think it's missing a certain "spark" or "hook" or something to make it really fascinating but overall it was just a good, enjoyable, movie. I did wonder how did her bear-ified little terror brothers manage to run around the castle so well for the better part of a day unseen? And I thought the jokes and showing of the fat-woman's boobs was a bit much.

    I didn't think much of "La Luna", the short before the movie. It was good but, eh, the "sciency part" of my brain was too bothered by the depiction of the moon. ;)
  13. Unicron

    Unicron Continuity Spackle Moderator

    May 8, 2003
    The Red Church of Niah
    I didn't stick around for that either, so I might guess it would be their first. I was kind of wondering about that little plot point the other day, actually. :lol:

    I thought the movie was good, though I agree some things could have been improved a bit. The voice cast and music were impressive and the visuals were great too. Here's one of the trailers for those who haven't seen one yet:


    Edit: You know, it took me a bit to figure out the music from the second part of the trailer. I thought at first it was A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal (Noble Maiden Fair), but it's actually Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A'Chuain (My Love Is On The High Seas). Both are good. :D

    Last edited: Jun 30, 2012
  14. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2004
    Saw it. Gave it an Above Average.

    Not as good as other Pixar efforts but entertaining in its own right. I was worried it would just be another whiny teenage girl movie, but it ramped up the action and got really good as the story progressed.

    And I'll take Merida and her bow over Katniss any day.
  15. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Damn, I didn't realize there was post credits scene. I know Finding Neemo had an end credits scene, and I think the second and third Toy Stories, Wall-E, and The Incredibles might have had ones. I saw it with my mom, and we debated staying, but since neither of us had heard about a post-credits scene we decided not to, now I'm wishing we had.
    I thought La Luna was pretty good too. I hope they let the guy who directed it do a full length movie.
  16. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    "La Luna" was adorable. I enjoyed "Brave" and so did the nieces,but it wasn't Pixar's best, I loved the main character, I loved the family dynamics, I loved the different clans and the humor, but the main plot was a bit underwhelming. Still, it was better than most of the kid's movies you see these days and the animation was wonderful. I also really liked the fact that the female lead was ACTIVE; she wasn't looking for some boy to save her, nor did she play second-fiddle to anyone.

    I gave it an "Above Average."