My Thoughts On… Brave

Just a quick reminder that My Thoughts On… posts may contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film in question, it may be best to move on!

It’s been such a long time since I watched Brave, and for some reason I didn’t take any notes, so this post is going to be a bit vague. I can’t not write it, because I want to have a full list of posts corresponding to each and every new film I watch this year! I’m trying to get up to date, and I haven’t watched any new films so far this month, in the hopes that I can start October with a clean (or at least cleaner) slate. We’ll see how that goes.


Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • It’s a Pixar film, so for me, that means that there is instantly more charm, humour and warmth than you will find in most other animated films. It feels a little less like Pixar to me, and more like Disney, but I love Disney too, so this isn’t a bad thing.
  • Merida is an animated heroine for the 21st century. She doesn’t want to get married, much less does she want to be won by one of the firstborn sons of the clans. She is all types of awesome, plus she’s ginger, and has massive hair. Pretty much everything I aspire to. (Let’s ignore the fact that she got a Disney Princess makeover, and celebrate the original Merida.)
  • Talking of Merida, I’ve long been a fan of Kelly MacDonald. I can’t remember when I first realised how much I loved her, but I think it was right around State of Play (the BBC series).
  • The entire cast of the film is pretty grand. Billy Connolly (not a huge fan myself, but you can’t make a film set in Scotland and not cast him), Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, and Robbie Coltrane. Oh, and John Ratzenburger. Of course.
  • Pixar’s animated children are very cute. Boo takes the crown for cutest animated child ever, of course, but the triplets are sweet too, despite being little buggers.

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What I Didn’t Like

  • I can’t even quite put my finger on what I didn’t like about Brave. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. It isn’t troubling Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3 and Up for the title of favourite Pixar film. I wanted to watch it because I wanted to complete the Pixar set, having seen Monsters University the day before. I’m sad that there will be no new Pixar films for two whole years. Sob.

2 thoughts on “My Thoughts On… Brave

  1. I totally agree with you that it felt way more Disney and way less Pixar. I think that was the only thing I didn’t love about it. Pixar has such a unique feel and twists to their stories, and Brave, while a delightful story, just didn’t feel . . . unexpected. Still a cute film, though :]

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