April 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm #58638
Immersed in Movies Previews ‘Brave’: Pixar Could Have a Contender
Features by Bill Desowitz | April 6, 2012 3:57 PM | 0 Comments
What’s my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of “Brave” (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature. So much for last season’s Oscar lockout of “Cars 2” for being a disposable popcorn movie.
In other words, leave it to Pixar to turn the princess fairy tale on its head with an ambitious medieval coming of age story about teenage rebellion and noble responsibility in the Scottish Highlands, wrapped in an action/adventure with magic and mysticism. Oh, yes, with a dash of “Moby Dick”-like scary danger thrown in for good measure along with some slapstick relief.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you already know that the setup involves the skilled archer and fiery redhead Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) defying her mother, Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson), who wants to marry her off to keep the peaceful kingdom united among the three lords. However, what is glimpsed in the first 30 minutes is a majestic and gorgeous animated journey, as Pixar proves once again why it’s the industry leader in storytelling and technology.
For instance, as Merida joyfully rides through the forest on her powerful Clydesdale, Angus, we notice the rich detail: her curly red locks, the horse’s fetlocks, the uneven rock formations; the grass, moss, and lichen mingling with the earthy brush; the magic hour lighting and the glistening waterfalls. Then there are the mysterious wisps and the introduction of a monstrous bear that’s tied to some
curse.April 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm #58640
I can’t wait! Thanks for posting this Pook!April 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm #58641
Looks Great. Oscar Contender hopefully.April 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm #58642
Looking forward to see this movie! Kelly McDonald from Boardwalk Empire?!! I would have never guessed that.April 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm #58643
I have such high hopes for this movie. I can’t wait.April 8, 2012 at 4:12 am #58644
Looks great, I’m confident this will be good.
So everyone has their flaws, even Pixar and I’m glad “Cars 2” wasn’t nominated this time.April 8, 2012 at 7:25 am #58645
I hope this is a return to greatness to Pixar. Ratatouille is, to me, a great, great film, but the studio hasn’t made one since. I hate Wall-E, and thought Up and TS3 were nice, but mostly unremarkable movies. Cars 2 I didn’t bother with. So my expectations are tempered, but I am holding out hope.April 8, 2012 at 8:05 am #58646
That photo itself is a thing of beauty so if the story is indeed as engaging as the film looks, Pixar should have another Best Picture nominee on its hands. They are going to win the big prize one of these years and Brave could be that worthy winner for the studio.April 8, 2012 at 9:41 am #58647
I totally agree it is a huge contender for pest bicture.April 8, 2012 at 9:44 am #58648
I hope this is a return to greatness to Pixar. Ratatouille is, to me, a great, great film, but the studio hasn’t made one since. I hate Wall-E, and thought Up and TS3 were nice, but mostly unremarkable movies. Cars 2 I didn’t bother with. So my expectations are tempered, but I am holding out hope.
I agree. Ratatouille is my favorite film from the Pixar canon. Wall-E and Up were huge disappointments (in my opinion). Toy Story three was great, and I still don’t know why Cars got a sequel before Finding Nemo. So, for me, Pixar has lost it’s edge over the years, but Brave looks like a fine return to form for them. My expectations are high!April 8, 2012 at 10:34 am #58649
‘Ratatouille’ is also my favorite Pixar film, and it was my favorite film of 2007 (ahead of ‘No Country For Old Men’, ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘Atonement’).April 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm #58650
I’ve liked Kelly since “Elizabeth”. Lol. Love the idea of a feisty X chromosome who can shoot a bow and arrow. Also agree it looks beautiful.
Personally I LOVED Wall-E, and Up, and Ratatouille. I’m optimistic Brave will be of similar wonderful caliber.April 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm #58651
For years, Pixar has been my favorite film studio and – aside from the Cars films – hasn’t rang a false note yet. I’ll be very interested to see how they handle what is, essentially, their first period piece.April 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm #58652
Who are we kidding? This will most likely win Animated Feature, and might even get nominated for BP, and the media will croon it as Pixar’s resurgence after last year’s little blip.