Yesterday, I indulged and went to the cinemas to watch Brave, the new Pixar Animation film. I was really looking forward to it, because not only had I found the trailer exciting, but also because there were some of my much-loved actors performing. Emma Thompson (if you haven’t seen Strange Fiction, watch it! It’s brilliant, in my opinion), whom I love, as well as Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane. Yes, they are all Harry Potter actors, in case you were wondering.
But the film proved to be a bit of a disappointment. I’m not talking about the Scottish accents, which I adore, or the absolutely AMAZING graphics – I heard there was a whole programme devoted to the hair in the film –
The film was very aesthetic, and there were some great characters… but there just wasn’t any originality. I mean, yes, of course there was, there has to be, I’m sure it took them a long time to come up with it and everything, but there just wasn’t a spark. It felt a bit like Brother Bear take 2. The overbearing mother, the daughter who doesn’t want to marry and lose her freedom, the witch, the happy ending… all classic ingredients for a family-friendly film. They’re sometimes a bit over-used, as was the case here, in my opinion.
So, although it sounded like a great film, I came back a bit unsatisfied. This hasn’t been a great week for me, movie-wise.
However, I did watch Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution at home, a British film starring Catherine Tate as the protagonist about a family who moves into East Germany while communism is popular. It has some hilarious moments, as well as tackling issues like values, the worth of family, and the communist regime.