Don’t be fooled by the previews: The Disney/Pixar movie “Brave” is nothing that you will think it will be.
There’s a reason you might not recognize most of the movie if you saw the trailer.
None of the footage shown in the preview trailer is in the finished film, according to the trivia section of the best movie site, Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
Also on the trivia page: The original title of the film was “The Bear and the Bow,” and originally, 80 percent of the movie took place in snow. When director Brenda Chapman left the project, so did the snow.
“Brave” is just plain horrible. Nothing about the movie made sense. The plot was too confusing and the ending was weak.
Most of the film wasn’t even about the red-haired Princess Merida proving how brave she was. All she was trying to do throughout “Brave” was — spoiler alert — trying to turn her mother into a human being because Merida had turned her into a bear because of some stupid potion. That is the whole story of the movie!
The only good part of the movie was the beginning, where Princess Merida’s father, Fergus, had to fight a colossal bear, which did not look realistic at all. The movie had a few laughs after that but it went downhill after the first 15 minutes. The last good thing about the film was the animation. Merida’s hair did seem very vibrant with color, some of the landscapes did look superb, and the archery scene was good. But the characters in “Brave” moved around way too fast, and nothing in the end seemed to wrap up nicely.
Disney was trying to send the audience a message about fate and bravery somehow. But it failed in doing so, and “Brave” was full of plot holes. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, tried to make a cute little fairy tale with a point to it. But the movie had no point. Pixar wanted to make another great movie like “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo” but ended up nowhere close.
If you have young children and they want to see “Brave,” don’t do it. Many scenes are very boring. I assure you that your kids will be very restless for most of “Brave,” as the crowd was when I saw it on 41st Avenue in Capitola.
If you want to go see a stupendous animated movie go rent “Toy Story 3” or wait for “Finding Nemo 3D.” They are both hilarious, the plots make sense and they have plenty of action. Do not waste your time and money on “Brave” and definitely do not take the young ones to see it.
(2 out of 10 stars)
Paul Dunlap’s reviews have appeared on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and the movies section of Yahoo.
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