Brave (2012) (mini-review++)

BRAVE(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 9

effects 10

editing 9

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 🐙


I lived in Scotland for a minute and loved most of my time there. I made some great friends and my stay changed my life in huge ways so I’m pretty biased in favor of the country. But it’s not just me. Scotland has one of the best global “brands” of any nation. Its zeitgeist share is disproportionately large when you consider its small population of around 5 million people.

There’s probably never going to be a Pixar movie about Nicaragua or its fables.

Or Sweden.

Or the Czech Republic.

Or most any other small country.

But there’s something magical about Scotland. Pixar brings a wonderful folk tale to life in Brave and wraps up in an empowering feminist adventure. The animation and acting and dedication to story and dialogue are, as usual, stellar.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 1 – There are some sad moments between mother and daughter in this flick but nothing that brings out the sobbing reaction. I’d say there are harrowing and hard moments, though.






(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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