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Brave

  • Action
  • Family
  • 2012
  • Mark Andrews
  • 89 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated fairy tale from Pixar, featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly. Merida, a tomboy Scottish princess, flees the court after her parents insist she should settle down and get married. However, when the errant teenager encounters a witch in the woods and asks her to cast a spell to change the situation, it sets off a chaotic chain of events that only Merida's bravery and archery skills can reverse.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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 Brave seems rather old-fashioned alongside Pixar films such as Up and WALL-E, 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 clichés 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.

Credits

Cast

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MeridaKelly Macdonald
King FergusBilly Connolly
Queen ElinorEmma Thompson
The WitchJulie Walters
Lord MacGuffin / Young MacGuffinKevin McKidd
Lord DingwallRobbie Coltrane
Lord MacintoshCraig Ferguson
Young MeridaPeigi Barker
MaudieSally Kinghorn

Crew

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DirectorMark Andrews
DirectorBrenda Chapman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2012-08-03
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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