Saturday, 14 July 2012

Brave Celebrity Screening Interviews

Premiere Scene's very own Merida, Nicola Johnston boldly stepped onto the red carpet along with Anthony Bueno for the celebrity screening of Brave hosted at BAFTA. Join us as we speak to star of TV and Stage Denise Van Outen, national treasure Jason Isaacs and Olympic Athlete Roger Black. Van Outen shares with us her excitement of her daughter's first ever trip to the cinema;  Isaacs, no stranger to lending his voice to animation himself tells us the joy of working for Pixar and their great story telling; and could Black's athletics career been influenced by Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks?!!


Brave Review  

Words Nicola Johnston
The screening of BRAVE kicked off with a short film called La Luna, a story of a young boy who is coming of age, experiencing his fist day or in this case night at work. He joins his Father and Grandfather in an old wooden boat and they set out to sea, then they stop and wait and wait some more, what unravels I am not going to give away, as it would spoil the wonderful, enchanting surprise, but lets just say the little boy soon discovers something unique and magical. Enrico Casaros makes his directorial debut and the story is inspired by his childhood and the conflicts that can occur within the family. The beautiful music is composed by Michael Giacchino.

Watching BRAVE was a strange experience for me, for months now people having be telling me how much I resemble Princess Merida, OK its granted that I am not a princess, but I am Scottish, with long flame red curly locks, blue eyes and a heart shaped face, so yes Merida does seems to be my animated doppelganger, the resemblance is uncanny, even her characteristics are like mine, which is slightly unsettling. Putting that aside, I was very impressed and also a little disappointed by this film, it is visually stunning, so many colours, that Pre-Raphaelite red hair, wild and messy, all over the place, which says a lot about Merida's character, strong willed, determined and full of imagination, you immediately feel the love and passion that has been put into this film jump off the screen, but its not a Pixar great.
The plot is a little thin, with Finding Nemo we had the father son relationship with BRAVE we get the mother daughter relationship, which moved me to teas at the end and I was not the only audience member who shed a tear or two. It is very powerful, making you want to talk to your mum straight away! which i did.

Merida has no intention of hanging around for prince charming to arrive and sweep her of her feet and rescue her, for she can rescue herself. Instead she is off in the woods and the hills, riding on her beautiful Clydesdale horse Angus, shooting her bow and arrow, climbing mountains, free and happy in herself. However she is a princess and does not need to worry about money.

Merida is Pixar's first female protagonist, after 17 years of filmmaking, here we have a good, strong role model for young girls to fall in love with, to admire and to be inspired by, which can only be a positive thing.

It is set in the Highlands and I would have liked to have heard more of the Highland accent, and when I asked two young boys after what they thought, they replied that they liked it, that it was fun, they loved Merida's three identical triplet brothers Harris, Hubert, and Hamish, who bounce around creating havoc, but they did find the big bear Mor'du very scary and said he would give them nightmares, they were 4 and 6.

The animation is truly transfixing, it is extremely funny, it is moving, it looks into tradition and what is expected of you, and of course there is a quest and a lesson to be learnt, Children will enjoy themselves.

My last word must be the wonderful musical score composed by Patrick Doyle, full of bagpipes, fiddles and Celtic harps, dramatic, uplifting and powerful, the music is a character in itself.

 BRAVE takes aim in UK cinemas on Monday 13 August

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