Being Brave has never been this much funDaniel Dercksen
Daniel Dercksen: You will feel as mighty as a giant Grizzly and stand ten feet tall after experiencing Brave.
This invigorating and skilfully crafted work of art from Disney-Pixar is animation at its most awesome, and storytelling at its most compelling.
With films like Brave, Disney-Pixar shows what the art of animation is all about.
It perfectly captures the essence and texture of life in meticulous detail; the vivid colours, spectacle and overwhelming sensory stimulation inspires the imagination to explode and offers an emotional experience.
The gust of image, sound and storytelling result in an unbelievable cinematic experience where anything is possible, and everything does indeed happen in the most surprising of ways.
It’s an insightful and commanding coming-of-age story that draws one into the world of a princess who has everything anyone could ever wish for, except the freedom of identity, which is imprisoned by the traditions, ideals and culture she was raised in.
To break out of prisons we create for ourselves takes incredible courage, and this is where Brave really takes off.
When Merida escapes from the confinement of her safety zone, we applaud her courage, but soon realise that her actions leads to temptations that tests her humanity and pits her against the darkness of adversity.
The magic realism fully comes to life when fantasy and fairy-tale mythology collide.
It would be sinful to reveal more of the delightful and enchanting story, filled with unexpected twists and surprising revelations.
Just prepare yourself for an adventure you will never forget, one that is bold, imaginative and thrilling.
The humour in Brave is exceptional and really funny; the script is based on an original story by Brenda Chapman, who co-wrote and directed it with Mark Andrew, and also co-written by Steve Purcell and Irene Mecchi. The team of talented writers and directors have really pushed the art of collaboration to its most imaginative and daring, allowing the story to rule.
We need films like Brave to allow us to not only escape into the realm of make believe, but storytelling that is rich, powerful and significant, and has social relevance, no matter where you are from in the world.
Brave allows grownups to take an imaginative journey to the child within, and leave with a sense of purpose, realising that it is possible to find answers to all our problems if only we let ourselves turn dreams into reality and sprinkle it with Disney-Pixar magic.
With each of its animation films, the artists at Pixar manage to exceed expectations and offer first rate entertainment that is truly unforgettable. Brave is no exception, and exceptional in every way.
A note: make sure to see the exceptional animated short La Luna that precedes Brave; it offers a perfect warm up to a magical experience.
Freelance film journalist
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