Set in the luscious Scottish highlands, Brave is a fairy tale adventure about Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), the headstrong and tomboyish princess with a head full of lovely red curls. Her parents (voiced by Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson) are keen to marry her off and have invited some suitors to the castle to win Merida’s hand.
But our heroine has other ideas, spurring a tale of a magic spell gone wrong. The main plot point is best kept a secret, but the movie is ultimately about mothers and daughters.
Pixar movies, such as Toy Story and Cars, have previously deviated from traditional Disney fare. This time, Brave is placed squarely in Disney fairytale territory, offering us princesses, castles, witches, bears and more.
Although Pixar purists may not approve, Brave is a wonderful family movie and still a great example of what Pixar does best – smart dialogue and amazing animation with lots of heart.
Brave is helped along by a cracking cast. Connolly is wonderful as King Fergus, Thompson is brilliant as Queen Elinor (or Mum), while Julie Walters adds some spark as the witch. And of course, Macdonald is delightful as Merida.
For the upcoming school holidays, I would put Brave at the top of the must-watch list. See more at cinemas near me.