Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Brave is an enchanting 3D Pixar animation set in the rugged Scottish highlands mixed with myths, traditions and matters of the heart. The Queen charading as a grizzly bear, whose hairy transformation occurs from a magic spell gone wrong, in this story about a feisty Princess who challenges her destiny. With superb animation, good storytelling and accessible characters, we are gladly carried to a elegantly detailed Scottish setting with spectacular rocks, verdant hills and misty atmosphere. It is in that environment that the substance of the story about taking your fate in your hands and having the courage to follow your heart is revealed. Your heart will smile as you watch this energetic, funny charmer of a film that the whole family will adore.
Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is free spirited, as wild as the mop of curls that cascades down her back. After a lifetime of being trained by her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) - the last straw comes when suitors from various clans come jousting for her hand in marriage. The rebellious Merida, whose skills in archery has always been prompted by her father the King (Billy Connolly), leaps on her horse Angus and follows the glowing, magical will o’wisps into the forest. It is the old crone of a witch (Julie Walters) in a wood workshop who grants Merida the spell she seeks – to alter her mother and her ideas about marriage.
Much is made of the Queen’s change into a full grown grizzly and there are funny moments indeed as Merida motivates her to catch fish for her supper. The kicker to the bear-theme is that the King has long been obsessed about bears. watch Brave.
The voice cast is superb and the Scottish brogue wonderful. While Billy Connolly’s well known delivery may be recognisable, Emma Thompson and Kelly Macdonald’s voices are not, allowing the viewers to believe in the characters more readily. The 3D component enhances but never overwhelms, leaving the film’s heart intact as fate favours the brave and we are reminded of the unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Never late for Mother’s day. watch new movies