|Brave reviews: not brave enough?|
Not all critics seem to adore Pixar's first foray into fantasy history (with a woman as even though they praise its viausl qualities.
Brave is located in 10th century Scotland of the highlands. It tells the story of a reckless Scottish princess (and skillfull archer Merida) who inadvertently brings chaos to her family and future kingdom, when she defies an age-old custom.
Kenneth Turan writes in LA Times that while Pixar's other feature filsms have used subversive wit and singular characters, "its theme and characterization are too standard and its tone too broad and frantic to fit with the Pixar pedigree." He goes on: " Shown on its own, without any logo attached, "Brave" simply doesn't feel as much like the Pixar movies we've come to expect."
Manohla Dargis in NY Times notes the deep divide between the movie’s seductive pictorial splendor and its discouragingly uninspired script", whereas the positive review by Brent Simon in Screen International emphasizes "a new level of visual complexity, even by Pixar standards".
He himself contends that the narrative template is "a comfortable fable-of-yore".
Peter Debruge in Variety is more comfortable with the film, stating that "the studio has fashioned a resonant tribute to mother-daughter relationships that packs a level of poignancy on par with such beloved male-bonding classics as Finding Nemo".
Brave is relased today (22/6/12) in US theaters. Watch the trailer:
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