BY: LAURIE FACEY
In Brave, the latest Disney animated flick available on DVD, Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is determined to be her own person and experience life. The princess challenges an age old custom, and her kingdom collapses into disarray. She is forced to ask a witch (Julie Walters) for a favour and must risk her life to undo a monstrous curse.
Brave is a great fairytale with modern day ideals. I was pleasantly surprised by it. It’s set in Scotland and the scenery is absolutely stunning. Pixar did an amazing job bringing it to life, using the main characters bright orange hair to balance the deep greens of the Scottish Highlands. I could rarely take my eyes off Merida.
Although aimed at a young audience, the story also had incredible depth. Princess Merida is a refreshing heroine for a young generation of women. Her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is also interesting, a bound-by-tradition, but well meaning character who clearly just wants the best life possible for her daughter. Though Merida and Elinor’s differences are many, the bond between them is beautifully illustrated.
King Fergus (Billy Connoly) and rest of the Lords are mostly used as comic relief and could have driven the plot a little more, in my opinion. Regardless, I found their antics entertaining.
In summation, this is a great family movie. However, if you’re looking for non-stop animated silliness, you won’t find it here. This is a story about family and finding yourself with an endearing and poetic moral.
EXTRAS: Two shorts (“The Legend of Mordu” and “La Luna”), several audio commentaries.