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BRAVE and the music of Patrick Doyle,
This review is from: Brave (Audio CD)
Let me start of by say Pixar has done it again. BRAVE is a wonderful film, with a charming story line that really captures the beauty of Scotland. This is not a twee (cheezy) film that mocks Scotland like Brigadoon, but captures both the attitudes (good and bad) of the people, the feeling of the landscape and heart of the music without pandering to stereotypes. The voices are alive with the accent, albeit the accents have been softened a bit to be understandable (for an American audience). The rich colors of the countryside occasionally look cartoon-ish, but for someone who lived there for 10 years and traveled highlands, lowlands and islands extensively, believe the colors are real. Patrick Doyle dug deep into his roots growing up in Uddingston Scotland (just outside Glasgow) and brought in some stellar Celtic musicians to give the film an authentic feel.
From the tin whistle right as the opening credits begin, to the long sustains of the Celtic fiddle when the sun comes up on the standing stones (near the end of the film) the music grabs you, transports you and never lets you forget you are in a land filled with magic and wonder. The pipers from "The Red Hot Chili Pipers" lend their expertise to the film, but are never over stated. Celtic harp, tin whistles, bag bipes, bodhrans, dulcimers and uilleann pipes all make appearances on the soundtrack, but are highlights rather than base. The London Symphony Orchestra provided rich foundation for the Celtic instrumental coloring. James Shearman conducted and orchestrated the film.
The film is animation, yet I can't remember a film that recreated the feeling of Scotland and its sense of mystery as well as BRAVE.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 2:03:07 AM PDT
your last line sums it up beautifully. im not an emotional person, it takes a heap to make me teary, but the opening sequence with the landscapes and the music did just that. i went twice the day it opened here in new zealand and wish i could watch it every day. since i cant, i will buy the soundtrack and be content until the bluray arrives. :)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 2:34:09 PM PDT
J. Sheer says:
i agree the ending wrap up with Learn Me right. Did the unspeakable and made me misty eyed ( i havent felt that way since Toy Story 3) excellent movie. however, "yet I can't remember a film that recreated the feeling of Scotland and its sense of mystery as well as BRAVE. " um how about james Horners BRAVEHEART? the opening song has a lot of mystery i loved BRAVE to death, however this is the BEST PIXAR soundtrack.......since Toy Story
Posted on Jul 16, 2012 12:15:02 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2012 9:46:24 AM PDT
Running Deer says:
Interesting comments, but I certainly don't know any more about the music than I did before I read your review. Are you reviewing the film or the music?
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