Me and My Nine Iron

July 3, 2012

Brave review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 12:32 am
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Just from watching the previews, my friends and I were duped into thinking this movie was entirely about something else. And I’m sure millions others were too. I didn’t even know the movie was about a curse, which isn’t at all shown in the trailer, although I now see that on its IMDb page. But I’m positive they kept the specifics of the curse under wraps because adults wouldn’t watch this silly story if they knew what it was really about. I had a strong urge to just spill its guts right now, being that you find out what it is 20 minutes in, and when the rest of the movie is about that, it’s not really a secret. But I’ll refrain from doing so for those who haven’t watched it and don’t want to know.

As dark and mature as it seems and as people say it is, I couldn’t disagree more. It didn’t even compare on an emotional level to the likes of Up and Toy Story 3. Not even close. After an extravagant setup of the kingdom of Scotland, the way the story turned was utterly disappointing.

I agree wholeheartedly with Roger Ebert, who said “The good news is that the kids will probably love it, and the bad news is that parents will be disappointed if they’re hoping for another Pixar groundbreaker.” It’s more Disney than Pixar in its first fairy tale film, and while it’s a very good movie for what it is, if you’re looking for another Pixar classic, I strongly urge you to skip it in the theaters because it’s nothing like what Pixar’s adult fans expect.

True target age range: 4-13. To put it another way, this movie is for kids.

I was a little irritated by Merida’s voice, played by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald after Reese Witherspoon was originally cast. I’m curious to know how Witherspoon’s Scottish accent would’ve been.

A nice moralistic tale about mothers and daughters, but hardly with the same magic that its previous films have all brought.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.7
What it should be: 7.2

Consider

La Luna

This Oscar-nominated short was as low-key and unsatisfying as the feature. A novel idea with a mediocre ending; a notch below Day & Night. An unusually disappointing Pixar doubleheader for one with the highest of expectations.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.8
What it should be: 7.3

Consider

BJ

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2 Comments »

  1. There is no plot twist, and I didn’t divulge anything more than what Pixar (or critics) already gives you.

    Comment by Bryan — July 3, 2012 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  2. Well thanks for spoiling the plot TWEEST you cock.

    Comment by Ja-Hon Suh — July 3, 2012 @ 1:15 am | Reply


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