Brave, Ted, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

It’s another exciting batch of “quick shot” impressions. This week, I’ll be sharing my overall thoughts on Pixar’s latest, Seth MacFarlane’s live-action film debut, and a certain dark comedy from the screenwriter of the Nick and Norah movie adaptation.

Right, I’m going to start with the least interesting, and that would be…

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Disappointing, simply because the film centered more on the back stories of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley’s characters, and not the ridiculously intriguing setting. Now, I’m not saying that was a bad thing and there’s nothing really completely wrong with that. But the problem, to me at least, is that their — story arcs, if you will — weren’t that interesting. Long story short: I didn’t feel any sort of emotional attachment to them as soon as the credits rolled. Not entirely a bad film per se (the first 30 minutes were almost perfect!), but it’s just most of the leads didn’t resonate with me that much.

Pixar’s Brave

Is it good? Wait, hang on, scratch that: is it a good Disney movie at least? Oh yeah, definitely. Excellent even because I was ultimately entertained right from the start. Even the songs — where,  thankfully, weren’t sang by anyone in the film — were really good. Sorry, I moved on. Oh, and the score’s pretty brilliant which would make Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Cross, Xenogears) blush.

BUT, and I’m sure this is the question everyone’s been wondering since day one: is it a memorable Pixar film similar to [insert favorite Pixar movie that isn’t labelled Cars and/or its sequel]? Sadly, not really. Aside from the (amazing) mother-daughter relationship and some of the visuals & humor — there really isn’t anything here that feels “Pixar”. Still, it’s a lot better than the car movies and, again, very enjoyable to say the least.

Ted

Hilarious! Probably the funniest movie I’ve seen in theaters this year next to 21 Jump Street, and that’s somehow saying a lot! Mind you that I’m not a big Family Guy fan, and I never cared for this movie to succeed ever since my friends showed me that ridiculous red band trailer. That trailer, I admit, was pretty funny for the most part. However, I don’t see myself watching 90 minutes of Seth MacFarlane doing his usual because it seems like… a live-action Family Guy episode with F-bombs and the like. “Yay”. I wanted to hate this movie, believe it or not. Well, whaddya know: I found it very entertaining and was pretty much LOL-ing throughout the rest of the movie. Seriously recommending this for those barkada and/or bro sessions. It’s a killer.

BTW, those jokes on the red band preview I just linked are actually the least funny ones in the movie. Trust me.

*Brave artwork you just saw earlier was made by the talented Michael de Pippo*
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