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Brave

Brave (2012)

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell

Starring Kelly McDonald, Billy Connelly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane

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Princess Merida, railing against the traditions imposed upon her by her family and clan, runs away. Upon meeting a witch, Merida has one wish granted, with consequences she could not have foreseen but only she can resolve.

Disney by way of Pixar. Brave is a fairy tale more associated with the house of mouse, but told with the fresh approach of Pixar. Brave is a well-told, powerful story that focuses on family relationships rather than love, as Disney classics tend to do. Merida and Elinor (Merida’s mother) are the strongest characters, women who are not defined by the male characters, as traditional Disney princesses seem to and this approach makes for a new angle on an old story. The voice cast is excellent – as you would expect from Pixar – and it looks sumptuous, all vivid colours and vistas.

Recommend

I love Pixar and Brave didn’t disappoint. If you like classic Disney, you’ll like this modern take on a fairy tale. If you like strong female characters, a funny and engaging story or just want to see a good film then Brave is for you. You might not love it like I do, but Brave is too good to not like at all.

The FriedGold rating – 9/10 – fortune favours Brave

If you like this then you might like:

The Princess and the Frog – Disney’s return to classic animation, with another strong female princess, is definitely worth a watch

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The other 10

Following thefriedgold’s recent post on top 10 films to look out for in the rest of 2012 and the comment of not having Brave (how can Brave not make the top 10? It’s Pixar dammit) on the list, here are the next 10 to look out for. These could go either way in terms of quality, but I think they could be worth a watch.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Directed by Crispian Mills

Starring Simon Pegg, Sheridan Smith

Crime author Jack has an overriding fear of being murdered. His big break comes followed swiftly by a bigger breakdown. 

Reason to watch: Pegg.

Release date: 8th June

Ted

Directed by Seth Macfarlane

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis

The creator of Family Guy steps in to the film world with this: a boy has a teddy bear that is alive. What happens if the bear grows up with the boy?

Reason to watch: Lewd humour and the juxtaposition of a child’s toy drinking and smoking. Could be laugh a minute or all the laughs could be below.

Release date: 1st August

Brave

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane

Merida, an independent young archer, is forced to undo a curse she has brought upon her family.

Reason to watch: Are you kidding? Pixar’s output is second to no-one. Even if you “don’t watch cartoons” I would recommend you see this film – it will change your mind. Plus you get a bound-to-be-excellent short before the main event. See this.

Release date: 17 August

The Watch

Directed by Akiva Schaffer

Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade

Four friends form a neighbourhood watch to get away from their wives. They are forced in to action when they discover an alien invasion plot.

Reason to watch: Formerly “The Neighbourhood Watch”, The Watch reunites Vince Vaughn with Ben Stiller in a film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad). Potential for comedy greatness if they are all on song…

Release date: 29 August

Total Recall

Directed by Len Wiseman

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale

A factory worker suffers from nightmares. But are they actually nightmares – could they be suppressed memories trying to return and could he be a spy with the power to change the world?

Reason to watch: A remake of the Arnie version, directed by the guy who gave us Die Hard 4.0 (enjoyable action, worthy addition), Colin Farrell headlining, written by the guy who wrote Equilibrium (dsytopian sci-fi). I enjoy a big budget complex sci-fi and if they can get close to the quality of the 1990 version, this could be good. The trailer looks really good. Plus Kate Beckinsale is in it.

Release date: 22 August

Dredd

Directed by Pete Travis

Starring Karl Urban, Lena Heady

No nonsense lawman Judge Dredd teams with young Judge Anderson to track and take down a drug supplying terrorist organisation.

Reason to watch: Forget the Stallone version, self-confessed fan Urban is taking on the helmet and becoming The Law, promising a more faithful interpretation of the 2000AD character.

Release date: 7 September

The Sweeney

Directed by Nick Love

Starring Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Ben Drew

To protect the law and their city, virtuoso flying squad cops are forced to break the law.

Reason to watch: An update of the 70’s TV show sees Nick Love and Ray Winstone do what they do best – The Sweeney is a Lahndahn film filled with Geezahs fighting other Geezahs. But this time Love is working with an established property and Danny Dyer is nowhere to be seen so I’m hopeful this Brit-flick, which looks classy in the trailer, is going to be a worthwhile watch.

Release date: 12 September

Looper

Directed by Rian Johnson

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

Joe is a hitman, killing people sent back from the future. One day his future self is sent back. What does he do?

Reason to watch: We have JGL playing a young Bruce Willis trying to kill him in a time-travel film directed by the man who brought us Brick. Two heavyweight actors and a strong director playing with a mind-bending premise. What more reason do you need?

Release date: 28 September

Taken 2

Directed by Olivier Megaton

Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

The father of a kidnapper Bryan Mills killed when his daughter was abducted has retaliated by taking something precious to Mills. This has pissed him off and a rampage will begin.

Reason to watch: If you like action films and haven’t seen Taken yet then you have a treat awaiting you. If you have seen Taken then you know exactly what the reason to watch this is: Liam Neeson waging a one man war. Directed by the man with the best name in action films.

Release date: 5 October

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee

Starring Suraj Sharma, Tobey Maguire, Gerard Depardieu

A young boy, Pi, finds himself adrift in a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger following a shipwreck.

Reason to watch: I’m a big fan of Ang Lee who has a strong record with adaptations (Sense and Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain) and Life of Pi is based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same name. It’s bound to look good, the story will be strong – much will rest on the performance of newcomer Suraj Sharma as Pi. 

Release date: 21 December

Obviously all dates are subject to change…I’ll try and put trailers in as and when they are released. And I’m sure I’ve left off something good…