Opening in theatres this Friday from directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell along with Pixar Animates Studios and Disney show us what it takes to be “Brave”.

This film tells the story of Merida (Kelly MacDonald), a princess in the mythical times of Scotland. From a young age Merida has a knack for using a bow and with her wild red hair flowing rides like the wind. Her father, Fergus (Billy Connolly) secretly enjoys his daughters wild streak.

All of this to the dismay of her mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) who wants her daughter to be refined and respectable. Merida has other plans but as the time draws closer for suitors from other clans  that include Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane), Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), and Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) to arrive, she has her own plans.

Trying to get away from the prospect of early marriage, Merida runs to the woods and meets up with an old witch (Julie Walters) who helps the young princess change her fate. Now Merida must use her wits and skills with a bow to save her family and make everything right again.

FINAL WORD: MacDonald as Merida is so full of life and fun. Her voice completely fills her character. I truly did enjoy her charm and the very funny faces. The relationship between mother and daughter is a nice theme to hit upon and audiences totally responded.

Connolly as Fergus is equally as funny with his large presence and soft heart when it comes to his wife and family. Thompson as the stern mother Elinor was so busy looking for the perfect daughter she forgot to see what she had.

The entire cast plays so well together! There is no reason that this film shouldn’t shoot straight up with all that it has to offer. There is so much here that is relatable and Disney along with Pixar Animation Studios should be really proud of itself!

Other cast include: Sally Kinghorn as Maudie, Peigi Barker as Young Merida, Steven Purcell as The Crow, Patrick Doyle as Martin and John Ratzenberger as Gordon.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Brave” four and tubs of popcorn out of five. This film has everything to offer families. It is fun, funny, sweet, charming, adventurous, with a great story and even a lesson of “be careful what you wish for”.

The colors provided by Disney and Pixar are vibrant, bold and beautiful. So much so that once again I don’t see the need for 3D at all. The audience truly enjoyed the film and that’s adults as well as the children. I think Merida will have earned her place as another spunky Disney Princess and my granddaughter is doing to make sure I know it!

In the end – can you change your fate?

Movie Maven

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Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.

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