Jeffrey's Review of Brave
I have seen every Pixar movie so far and I can honestly that I enjoyed all of them. When I look at Pixar movies, I generally divide them into two categories: the first is the "Wow, this movie is incredible" category, like "Toy Story", Wall-E", "Up" and "The Incredibles". The second category is the "That was a pretty good, funny movie category", like "A Bug's Life", "Cars" and "Ratatouille". Neither group is bad, but the first group contains the movies that I consider to be Pixar's best. "Brave" falls into the second category, but it is still a very solid film. Pixar keeps making these movies look better and better and I was blown away by the look of this film. The story is a pretty generic fantasy tale, and I was kind of disappointed by the "twist", but it tells a safe story that kids can relate to. The characters are all enjoyable, and occasionally hilarious, and I am very happy that Pixar nailed having a female lead. Merida isn't just your average Disney princess, she's resourceful, smart, and sure-handed with a bow. At the end of the day, "Brave" is a good movie, surely one of the best animated movies of the year, but doesn't quite reach the lofty heights of some of Pixar's best.