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Pixar's 13th full-length film is the studio's first to feature a female as its central character, and a memorable creation she is, too. Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is a Scottish princess whose head of unruly red hair conveys her fiery spirit: this is a young woman who prefers horse riding and archery to the restrictive life of the court. When Merida learns that her mother (Emma Thompson) plans for her to marry to preserve peace in the kingdom, the princess takes off. But this being a fairy tale, she winds up in a forest, where she meets a witch and begs for a spell that will change her mother's mind. Bad idea. In terms of story
seems rather old-fashioned alongside Pixar films such as
, but there is still plenty to admire. It looks stunning: from the re-creation of the Scottish countryside to Merida's live-wire hair, the film is a technical marvel. Also, while Merida matures during the film, hers is not the predictable romantic fate of spirited princesses past. That said, "Brave" serves up some lazy clichès in its depiction of the kingdom's menfolk and while the film is very entertaining, it lacks the audacious spirit of the studio's earlier offerings.
A princess defies her mother's plans to secure peace by marrying her off to the son of one of their allies. A witch provides the rebellious royal with a magic spell to change her fate, but the enchantment backfires disastrously when the queen is transformed into a bear. Pixar's animated fantasy, with the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly.
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3 Aug 2012
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