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A selection of the year's best films, in case you missed it the first time...
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Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.
Good, but not Pixar as we know it....
I saw this film on a Monday afternoon in August, without my own children in tow. OK, it actually felt a little odd to be what seemed to be the only lone adult in a sea of families, but hey, that wasn't going to stop me....
So. 'Brave'. Cutting to the chase, while the storyline was good, this didn't feel like a Pixar film. To me, it seems like the other movie studios have finally caught up with Mr Lassester and co. Yes, 'Brave' is a childrens film, but from an adult's perspective, it lacks the ability to engage a more mature mind - the polar opposite of 'Up' and 'Wall-E', both of which almost made me cry in places. Alas, I didn't feel the same emotional connection this time round.
Please, Pixar, while I'm soooooo looking forward to 'Monsters University', can you make your next original movie exactly that? One which makes me think "wow".
To re-iterate, 'Brave' isn't bad. It's just.....ordinary.