Tag: Pixar

Too Stubborn to Give In: Lessons from Brave

Shane and I was supposed to have our movie bonding two weeks ago but due to the inconsistent weather conditions in Manila, we were only able to catch one last weekend.

Brave is a story about young Merida who is princess of the land. Being the eldest in the family, she would need to take over some time soon, therefore, training her to become like a queen is necessary. And who can better do that job but the queen herself, Merida’s mom, Elinor.

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Brave isn’t your typical princess story. What caught my attention first and made me want to watch it is Merida’s curly redhead. I am actually expecting some love interest in it (like what all princess movies have) but *spoiler* there is none. It didn’t disappoint me, though. Sometimes movies should really focus on other things rather than finding love; and like in this movie, it is pretty realistic that before focusing on a love life, we must learn a thing or two about just life first.

So if it isn’t romance-centric, what do I expect from Brave?

Parents and children should watch it. Most of the time, in a family, nobody wants to lose and everybody wants to prove a point. But what usually happens is all the more we want to win, we think we do but we end up losing our loved ones. I think this movie would help parents listen to and understand their children and children to try expressing themselves in a more pacified and un-rude manner if they want to express something.

If you’re not up for the family theme, I would still say that Brave is worth the watch because it tells how selfish humans could be. We would often want our way that we are willing to sacrifice things that really matter and end up being sorry for our impulsive and unwise decisions.

Drifting from the story, the movie has really good musical scoring, too! And don’t miss Pixar’s short film La Luna in the beginning (it’s a cute treat!)

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Movie Review: Up

Who said traveling in a flying house is impossible? Well, we all know that a TV show of such title existed in the 80s but this thing was revived in the 21st century with Disney and Pixar’s Up.

Carl Frederikson is a kid who likes adventure but keeps it to himself. He was only able to voice out his dream of traveling to far places when he met Ellie, a young girl who wanted to put up her house just right after Paradise Falls in South America.

Years passed by and the two built their dreams together. Then came the time when the promise they made to each other to live in Paradise Falls was only left for Carl to make.

Now that their area was made into an industrial place, how will Carl Frederikson save the memories he and Ellie had, particularly the house where the two of them began their adventure together? Will his new friend, wilderness expert, Russell, gain his “assisting the elderly” badge and help Carl reach South America as a cross-my-heart-promise to Ellie?

Up is more than just a movie of reaching a far-flung place via a house which flies on gazillions of balloons. It is a story of reaching – reaching your aspirations and reaching out to other people.

Aside from giving me tears even without yet getting to the first half, the movie never failed to give the audience a good taste of humor from start to finish. And like any other Pixar movie, it goes deep down your humanness and allows you to search yourself and have several realizations – in a colorful manner.

Up’s also gained me some important life lessons. These are:

1. Moving on is essential. Don’t get stuck and feel miserable.

2. For every single thing that comes to an end, a new thing is about to flourish. Never inhibit yourself from experiencing it.

3. Greed gets you down. And the cliff where you could fall from is higher than you could imagine.

4. Power is not everything. Hence, use it properly.

5. Never let your hurts get the best of you. Learn from it and don’t hold grudges.

6. Creativity brings you to places. So let all of it flow!

7. Never be afraid of intimidation. You are your own self and are made to stand out. It doesn’t matter if you are alpha or whatever.

8. There are circumstances which requires our stepping up and going an extra mile. Just give it. It won’t hurt you.

9. It pays to be loyal. Seriously. Hehe. 🙂

10. Sometimes, it’s the boring stuff which you remember the most. 🙂

It sure came late in the country but it’s worth the watch. Two thumbs up for Up! 🙂

P.S. Don’t come to the cinema late so you could catch the short film before the feature entitled Partly Cloudy. 🙂

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