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Robo 06-24-2012 02:31 PM

Saw "Brave." Love Merida. Wish the movie was just a little better.
 
Merida is a believable and very likable character.
Lots of fun to "spend some time" with her.

And, Brave is full of some, individually, really good scenes.

But, after seeing them all and making it to the end of the picture,
I can't help but think that, taken as a whole,
the movie lacks a lot in overall STORY content.

The LOOK of the film is outstanding... just beautiful, rich and detailed...
it looks "realer" than real life in many respects.

But, I just don't love the story... mainly because there just is not a lot THERE to love.

I'm wondering if the Merida Meet & Greet will (as time goes by)
be nearly as popular as the Rapunzel Meet & Greet.

Disney Animation's Tangled seems, oddly, to have a much, much richer and varied plot than Pixar's Brave.

We'll just have to see how the public takes to Merida vs. Rapunzel.

mesaboy2 06-24-2012 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Robo (Post 45275688)
Merida is a believable and very likable character.
Lots of fun to "spend some time" with her.

And, Brave is full of some, individually, really good scenes.

But, after seeing them all and making it to the end of the picture,
I can't help but think that, taken as a whole,
the movie lacks a lot in overall STORY content.

The LOOK of the film is outstanding... just beautiful, rich and detailed...
it looks "realer" than real life in many respects.

But, I just don't love the story... mainly because there just is not a lot THERE to love.

I'm wondering if the Merida Meet & Greet will (as time goes by)
be nearly as popular as the Rapunzel Meet & Greet.

Disney Animation's Tangled seems, oddly, to have a much, much richer and varied plot than Pixar's Brave.

We'll just have to see how the public takes to Merida vs. Rapunzel.

Mostly agree--I like Tangled better. But Brave is still a worthy entry in the very strong Pixar stable.

Mom2Luci 06-24-2012 02:43 PM

We also saw Brave yesterday. It really was not as good as I've come to expect from Dusney/Pixar. DH fell asleep during the movie. It was missing so much of the story I loved with Tangled. Merida was a great character, but the movie was really lacking. I don't see us spending $ on Brave merchandise or the DVD.

AuroraMeansDawn 06-24-2012 02:44 PM

As we were leaving the theater I mentioned to my husband that I saw potential for a woodcarver's workshop popping up in one of the parks soon.

It had some fun comic relief but I agree that the story line needed something.

Did the triplets have names?

Olivejuicy 06-24-2012 02:44 PM

I saw it yesterday with my daughter (6), stepmother, And brother (17), and all of us loved it. I really liked that the story was focused on being true to oneself and not getting a man. I ink Tangled did a good job with that, too, with e getting a man being a side note rather than the focus, but I thought the message was much stronger with Brave. There were some weak plot points that could have been improved, but overall I thought it was great.

mousireid 06-24-2012 02:44 PM

I agree it was a bit slow to start, but visually beautiful! Can't fault the music and wonderful accents either. Although I had a sobbing 7 year old and teary moment toward the end myself, I wish it had also been 'more.'
Not sure I can really compare Rapunzel and Merida though, they seem like two movies further apart in many ways. Merida would still get my vote for princess if I had to pick one - what a wee firecracker she is and such a strong willed girl. Bit like my own ;) I like my 'princesses' to be true to who they are and the message recieved was worth it!

Robo 06-24-2012 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by mesaboy2 (Post 45275725)
Brave is still a worthy entry in the very strong Pixar stable.


Yes, but BECAUSE it's from the mega-hit-maker juggernaut that is Pixar...

I put it in the "less than the sum of it's parts" category, as I liked a LOT
of the individual scenes.

And, many (most) (OK, virtually ALL) ;) of the characters were really entertaining.


But, taken as a whole film... (the "what's it all about?" aspect)
well, hmmmmmmmmmm.

dburg30 06-24-2012 02:49 PM

I have to agree.. It wasnt a 'bad' story but could have done more.. BUT also have to keep it under a certain time to try to keep the target audience attention too :).. BEAUTIFUL though... What they do with those movies is nothing short of amazing.. But since they've been advertising it / pushing it for like 2 years, it better have looked good..

mesaboy2 06-24-2012 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by AuroraMeansDawn (Post 45275768)
Did the triplets have names?

Harris, Hubert, and Hamish.

Tonka's Skipper 06-24-2012 02:51 PM

We took the grandkids yesterday......we all loved it............great story and the usual excelelnt Disney/Pixar prodcution and values!:cool1:

We will be going again with friends to the local cafe movie house when it gets there........please go see it and make up your own mind.........the cridics loved it!


AKK

AuroraMeansDawn 06-24-2012 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by mesaboy2 (Post 45275808)
Harris, Hubert, and Hamish.

Thank you!

Robo 06-24-2012 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Tonka's Skipper (Post 45275810)
...the cridics loved it!


Well, not quite so much as you'd think.

That's one of the anomalies of this film compared to nearly all of the other Pixar films.

Yes, Brave is getting very good reviews (75%, or so, positive.)

But, it's well worth noting that many (most) of the other
Pixar films get in the 90-99% positive review territory...
and that percentage means those other films were getting spectacular reviews,
especially in this age of skeptical reviewers.

AuroraMeansDawn 06-24-2012 02:57 PM

Oh a happier note I thought La Luna was fantastic!

And the 3D technology really was beautifully done and enhanced the experience. Glad the youngest with us was 7 and will keep 3d glasses on and he pronounced it "good." He laughed a little and made a few "oh no..." comments as the plot unfolded.

GreenCntryGirl 06-24-2012 02:59 PM

I have never seen Tangled and had no desire to see it. I'm eagerly awaiting Brave, though.

kirrrby 06-24-2012 03:00 PM

Does anything think Merida will become a new Disney Princess staple? Or will she stay like Rapunzel and be sort of a "side" princess?

I personally hope she will become a permanent princess. She teaches girls bonds between family and strength to overcome social norms.


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