First things first: I found the faces in Brave incredibly creepy. Especially Merda's. And this is really the first time the faces in an animated feature have bothered me like this. Sorry, that's an entirely subjective thing, but I just wanted to get that out there. Anyways, on with the review. Brave is not the dark, epic fantasy that pixar tried to pass it off as. Yeah, it is a fantasy, but the fantasy aspects are very underplayed when they could have been great. The underplaying of the fantasy also hurts the epic part of it. And dark? Sure, the palet choices for the film were often pointlessly gloomy. (Note: don't watch it in 3d. The glasses darken an already dark looking film.) Still, the actual plot of the movie isn't really that grim at all. So yeah, it's not a dark epic fantasy. it's a mother daughter bonding flick. But, y'know, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If anyone could make that work it's Pixar, they're pretty good with character driven stuff like that. But... they don't make it work. And don't get me wrong, there is some good stuff in the film. Unfortunately, it is all contained in a bland, vague shell that just stinks of them not caring. And you know what? I think that's the problem. When they were conceptualizing Brave they were conceptualizing it as "a film with a female protagonist." Not how they should have conceptualized it, as y'know, "a good film." It was really important that it had a female protagonist! That was the main focus of the film! So, of course, when developing the film the reached for stereotypical female plots and the film fell into all these formulaic clichés based around the fact that the PROTAGONIST was FEMALE! Because they cared more about the protagonist being female than the film being good. So the result just feels... Empty.
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