Friday, June 22, 2012

Imagine living in a box

I did another series of movie reaction comics.  This time the film is Pixar's Brave, in theaters today.  Here's a spoiler-free text review before the spoiler-full comics:

This movie is fantastic.  If you think that our tastes are at all similar, or you have a heart or a mom, you should go.  The bottom line is: this is a well-crafted, beautiful, fun, surprising, and touching film.  It has been advertised in a cringey, slapstick way to get children into the theater, but don't worry: this is not a lowest-common-denominator animated film.  It's another Pixar masterpiece.  Quite a bit of the movie was withheld in the commercials, and it's WONDERFUL.  You are in for pleasant surprises.  I recommend watching it in 2D; the film is a little too dark in 3D and some of the lovely details and textures faded out.

THESE COMICS CONTAIN SPOILERS.  Go watch the movie first -- these probably won't be funny unless you've seen it, anyway.

 
And all of the talk about changing your fate ("You can rise to meet it if you choose").
And the closing gate and trying to escape into the woods.
And the misty, forested mountains.
And the animal mom protecting her human child. 
And the animal mom at risk of becoming an actual demon.
Horses, in my mind, are this feminine symbol of freedom and power and grace.  ...I thought that was a well-documented thing, but apparently it's just an association I have.  I was looking around the internet for any writing that had been done on it, or a catchy name for the trope or something, but came up empty.  ANYWAY, women riding horses = overwhelming 'FUCK YEAH' response in my head.

One of my friends pointed out that the triplets are always trying to steal buns/cakes from Maudie that look like boobs, complete with berry nipples.  And now I can't unsee that subtextual subplot wherein the triplets are on a quest for Maudie's goodies xD
LOOOOOOOVED THIS.  Commanding a dead silence by walking?  So cool.  And that austere expression on Queen Elinor's face?  Just...GUH. PERFECT.
And then Merida demonstrates how much she has grown and come to understand and appreciate her mother (and the power she wields) by performing it just like her.  asdf;ljk.  One of those moments that is so perfectly foreshadowed it's shocking you don't see it coming.  PERFECT.  PERFECT!
Also, Merida...even I can sew better than that.  I mean really.
TWO LADIES ON HORSEBACK?  A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ON HORSEBACK?!! *dies*

Cool/funny things that it would be repetitive for me to draw because they were done perfectly in the film:
-"Legends are lessons.  They ring with truths."  (And so do Pixar films)
-Little Merida!  Especially the teeth--somehow they captured little-kid-mouth just right in her design and expressions
-One of the triplets lip synching perfectly with his father during the bear story
-The crow.  Just delightful.
-Every single instance of Queen Elinobear moving in an effeminate way despite her altered stature 
-"I've decided to do what's right and break tradition."  SO much love for that line.
-Merida going toe to toe with her father in a sword fight and winning?!
-Cutting his peg leg out from under him!
-Momma bear getting superbear strength when her daughter is in trouble 
-Mor'du's spirit rising from the back of the rock
-Naked triplets!  Perfect timing, comic relief
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5 comments:

Secondlina said...

Hi Nat! Just wanted to tell you this resume comic and your Brave drawings are amazing! :D

Rick said...

I wasn't a fan of the movie, but the first thing that I did when I got home from the movie was read your comments and look at your drawings. I love both of your reviews, and I hope you keep it up.

Jasmine McKenzie said...

So many naked bottoms in the movie, what's not to love?!?! You put it into words how wonderful and delightful this movie is. Perhaps only women who are daughters and mums can best apprciate it? NAH! My husband loved it jsut as much as me and my daughter. YAY!

Lindserannie said...

I wanted to love this movie more than I did but I recognize that the only reason I didn't love all of it is because I'm in the midst of dealing with my own mother issues so a lot of it made me sad BUT...I think if I watch it in a few years I will love all of it and not just parts of it.

I would watch an entire movie about Little Merida - she was AMAZING. Her movements, her voice, her expression - they were perfect. I was squeee-ing the entire time.

Kevin V. said...

Hey just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your response comics to Brave. I found them very amusing! I never notice the part in the mess hall where conan catches the arrow, I HAVE to rewatch the movie just for that part. Thanks for making those comics! =]