This movie was a let down to me. That doesn't mean that this was the worst movie I've seen this year, no, that's the Lorax. Let's get to it. The good.
- The Animation is very beautiful, even for Pixar. Lot's of mention has gone to the detailing of Merida's hair, and it shows. The water, the country, it all looks good. The Willow-wisps also look amazing.
- Music: the Scottish music was very good, I love that Genre.
- Not Giving Merida a love interest was a pretty fresh take (Is she a Lesbian? I honestly don't care.)
- The Mother-daughter relationship was touching, and a very original direction for a Disney/Pixar movie.
- The plot, that's where the movie failed. The trailers don't say what the plot is, there's princess who is dissatisfied with life, and an evil bear. The Princess dissatisfied with life has been done to death, and this movie, did not have the interesting spin to make the premise not groan worthy. It's very generic in that regard. The movie is billed as the first dark-fantasy of Pixar, and that's why I was so hyped up (So Hype Backlash, but it's not that big a deal in the long run). The movie did have some very scary scenes, but too many other scenes were played for slapstick, some was funny, some felt like padding.
- I expected an epic, the trailers, the hype, it all told me Epic (Not necessarily dark, but broad). The movie itself was pretty contained, there was no really big journey (there was a journey, taken about 3 times), and the plot really ran on misconceptions, rather than tension.
- The Climax ran on a big misconception, and I knew how it, and much of the plot would play out. The very fact that the climax was based on the misconception really took away most of the suspense, and when battle with the main villain came up, I almost screamed anti-climax in the crowded theater.
- The supporting cast were all comprised of one note jokes. Any potential tension from conflict between the lords was lost on me as it would just end up as more slapstick.
- Show don't tell. You'll know this when you see it. I'm not spoiling anything, but when the Lords talk about how they bonded, and the origin of the bear, they should have showed it, not explained it. The Four prince's story was only partially shown. This was one of my biggest complaints.
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