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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave let me down some, September 8, 2012
This review is from: Brave (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
I went into this movie with very high expectations, because I am a huge Pixar fan. From the trailers, it appeared to be about Merida and possibly other clan members, on the hunt to slay an evil beast and save their people. The movie started out great, with the competition, a lot of laughs, introducing the characters, and an all around great time. Still, I was waiting for those glorious bow and arrow scenes that the trailers and posters had constantly teased. I was waiting for Merida to ride around on her horse and go into battle. Essentially, due to the trailers, I was expecting a Mulan sort of movie.

When we get to the part of the movie where Merida meets the witch and things start ramping up, I was thinking, "oh great this is going to get really fun." Still, I saw no sign of that happening. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the mother and daughter scenes and thought they were touching. Once the mother was a bear, it was endearing, cute, and playful to watch the bear and Merida together.

Then, suddenly the movie seemed to end, and still there was no battle, no rush of adrenaline on the scale that I had expected, and nothing to make me cheer out loud for the protagonists. Basically, I didn't have the fun rush of previous Pixar movies that I had come to expect. Having said that, I still give the movie 4 out of 5 stars, because it looked gorgeous, the voice acting was top notch, and the story did touch my heart.

To sum it all up, if you watch Brave for combat, whether it's single person or on a grander scale, it won't live up to what you are expecting. However if you go into it with the mindset that it's going to be a princess fairy tale and a bonding movie, you will relate to it and love it.

(This is my first ever movie review on Amazon, so let me know what you think. :) )
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 2:56:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 1:30:02 AM PDT
I had no notion of going to see this movie for combat? That let you down? Were talking about Pixar. Not a battle film. It was also a Mother & Daughter growing & bonding movie. "You can be a Princess & still be yourself & write your own path." It is a remarkably Unique Princess Film. Loved it. It will stand the test of time...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 6:29:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2012 3:32:00 PM PDT
Ponder says:
Disney/Pixar trailers where all over the place and may have implied action to many viewers. The reviewer enjoyed the movie, but would have liked to see Merida leverage her skill set a little more. Why build up that she is exceptional with a bow and on horseback then hardly leverage it? Re-watch the first trailer released by Pixar/Disney then reflect on the review and see if you can at least see how some might have expected more action.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 8:32:03 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 8:49:48 AM PDT
Ponder says:
Maybe you recall the original title?:) The Bear and the Bow. Did you ever watch the original trailer? What the story is about and how it is advertised is not always the same. People frequently go into movies with expectations, sometimes right sometime wrong. Disney/Pixar made a few mistakes advertising this movie, if you can not see that I don't know what else to say. In the end the original reviewer liked the movie, but felt it was different then advertised(it was vastly different then the early trailers) and could have been a little bit more enjoyable to him had it had leveraged her skillset more. So basically if you liked her bow and archery why is it wrong for some to have wished to have scene:) more of it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 8:55:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 9:14:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2012 9:16:15 AM PDT
Well Jade Empire, I'm not sure why you are so against someone stating an opinion about the movie. As Ponder stated, I just expected the movie to be something different. As far as your comments about Pixar not "making those kinds of movies", there have been plenty of action scenes in Pixar movies (Incredibles, Toy Story, etc.) I'm always amazed why people feel the need to trash someone else's opinions publically.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2012 6:43:49 PM PDT
Consumer says:
The review is fine, especially your last paragraph, but you might want to remove the spoiler bits in the second paragraph -- especially "once the mother was a bear"?

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 6:33:20 PM PST
ailimhazel says:
There's plenty of action in the movie. We have chase scenes with the demon bear chasing Merida, the queen in bear form fighting the demon bear, the men in the hall fighting each other, chases through the castle complete with helpless maid with jiggling boobs. All the types of scenes found in action films. That's not the focus of this story. This isn't a story about men fighting over honor or territory. It's a story about a mother and daughter having a fight and not listening to each other. It takes magic and a major transformation to help those two overcome their differences and finally see each other as people independent of their social roles as mother/queen and daughter/princess. When they finally listen to each other they are able to make up, remember they love each other and break the spell. The focus is on the internal evolution of these two characters growing together rather than apart. These are the types of tales often relegated to oral tradition stories passed from mother to daughter, not the tales written down by male historians. Funny twist though, now the Bear King has to introduce his wife as the one who slew The Demon Bear Mordu.
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