Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Watch: First Full Trailer For Pixar's BRAVE

Judging from the stills, teaser trailer and now this first full trailer, I must say that my expectations aren't being met. That being said, this is PIXAR so I still think I am probably wrong given their track record.

I see nothing of consequence here that hints at spectacular adventure or peril. The tall bear? Not yet anyway. Sure it looks like the lead character Merida (played by Kelly Macdonald) is being challenged with the bonds of limitation that is seemingly imposed on women at the time of the movie ("A lady enjoys elegant pursuits"), but that in itself doesn't resonate strongly with me as presented thus far.

Here's the storyline:
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

Obviously the quality, color and stereo 3D is not in question here. I fully expect another jaw dropping visual experience from Pixar, but the story and characters? I don't know yet. We'll see. What do you think?

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