100 movies: Brave

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

BraveBrave (19/08/12)

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery to undo a beastly curse.

It has been years since the last original Pixar film. So expectations were high for Brave. Not just because it’s been years since a non-sequel Pixar film. But also because of last year’s impossibly unnecessary and silly Cars 2. In comes Brave and doesn’t exactly light up the critics and viewers. Though it totally won me over.

So what was it that won me over? I put it down to Pixar magic. Brave is a simple story. I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s a very un-Pixar like film. Though I beg to differ. They all have a simple message at their heart. But it’s a message that’s set in a story that itself is set in such beautiful artwork and animation and cracking voice talent.

Brave had all of this for me. There were two things that really made this film for me. The first thing was the visuals. The film is stunning! Merida’s hair. The Scottish landscapes and castles. They all looked real and not a computer animation. The movements of the animals. Pixar never fails in that respect.

The second was Patrick Doyle’s score. This year’s not been a fantastic one in regards to film scores for me. There have been a handful of good ones and even fewer great ones. Patrick Doyle’s is one of my favourites of the year. It’s totally enchanting and magical. Perfect for the film. It was strong, but not over powering. Supported the film perfectly.

The story itself had me in tears from the beginning. Seriously, I need help! It was predictable. But it wasn’t the bad sort of predictable where I was bored. It was the sort of predictable that I could accept. If that makes sense. Merida, the independent and head-strong young woman wanting to lead her own life and not one that’s been put in front of her by her mother. It’s a story, I reckon, almost everyone can relate to. Despite being in my late 20s, I really related to Merida. I sort of wished I was her. Is that something someone my age should be admitting?

I’ll admit, it’s probably not one of Pixar’s strongest films. But Brave is up there as being one of their best for me. A beautifully told fairytale that I got completely caught up in.

Almost forgot to mention the pre-film short – La Luna. As is tradition, it was stunning. I’ve used beautiful one too many times in this review already, but it’s the only word I can use to describe La Luna too. Very whimsical and plain adorable. Loved the music and the 3 characters. Great little story.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

64 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
  24. The Big Lebowski 5/5 (18/03/12)
  25. The Hunger Games 3/5 (23/03/12)
  26. Headhunters 4/5 (07/04/12)
  27. Super 1/5 (07/04/12)
  28. The Cabin in the Woods 5/5 (13/04/12)
  29. Watchmen 4/5 (14/04/12)
  30. The Hurt Locker 3/5 (21/04/12)
  31. Avengers Assemble 5/5 (26/04/12)
  32. 22 Bullets 2/5 (28/04/12)
  33. Bad Teacher 1/5 (29/04/12)
  34. Red Riding Hood 1/5 (04/05/12)
  35. A Perfect Getaway 4/5 (05/05/12)
  36. Ca$h 1/5 (13/05/12)
  37. Kung Fu Panda 2 3/5 (14/05/12)
  38. Everything Must Go 2/5 (24/05/12)
  39. New York, I Love You 2/5 (25/05/12)
  40. Beginners 4/5 (26/05/12)
  41. Prometheus 4/5 (03/06/12)
  42. The Tree of Life 2/5 (04/06/12)
  43. The Lovely Bones 3/5 (05/06/12)
  44. Snow White and the Huntsman 3/5 (06/06/12)
  45. The Devil’s Backbone 4/5 (07/06/12)
  46. Britain in a Day 5/5 (11/06/12)
  47. The French Connection 4/5 (15/06/12)
  48. Insomnia 3/5 (16/06/12)
  49. Rebel Without a Cause 4/5 (22/06/12)
  50. A Lonely Place to Die 3/5 (26/06/12)
  51. Killer Joe 3/5 (29/06/12)
  52. The Amazing Spider-Man 4/5 (03/07/12)
  53. Raising Arizona 4/5 (04/07/12)
  54. Horrible Bosses 4/5 (06/07/12)
  55. Broadcast News 3/5 (07/07/12)
  56. We Need to Talk About Kevin 4/5 (07/07/12)
  57. Miller’s Crossing 4/5 (18/07/12)
  58. The Dark Knight Rises 5/5 (20/07/12)
  59. 21 Jump Street 5/5 (29/07/12)
  60. The Mystery Team 3/5 (07/08/12)
  61. The Help 4/5 (11/08/12)
  62. The Bourne Legacy 3/5 (13/08/12)
  63. The Expendables 2 4/5 (17/08/12)
  64. Brave 5/5 (19/08/12)