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Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on June 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM

BRAVE   ***1/2

Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell


IDEA:  A young Scottish princess arranged to be married wants nothing to do with it. After an angry dispute with her mother, she sets off a curse that threatens to destory her family, and her kingdom.

BLURB:  More classic, traditional Disney than the singular creativity we’ve come to expect from PIXAR, Brave is nevertheless a spellbinding example of a simple story well told. Naturally building upon the familiar narratives of folklore and princess fairytales, the predominant joys of the film don’t exactly come from unpredictable plot turns; all the same, however, we are thrilled by just how effortlessly it sticks the landings of its expected emotional beats, finding increasingly straightforward yet hugely efficient ways to connect the dots. And in this fable, there still manages to be the lovely little detail that adds the perfect embellishment. Whether that’s Patrick Doyle’s billowing score or the sumptuously animated Scottish landscapes, the heartrending depiction of a mother-daughter relationship or the appealing conclusion of a princess not having to end up with the prince, Brave scores by playing it directly, with charismatic characters impossible not to root for.

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