Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brave

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Voices: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Sally Kinghom, Eilidh Fraser, Peigi Barker, Steven Cree, Steve Purcell, Callum O'Neill, Patrick Doyle, John Ratzenberger

This animated feature from Disney Pixar incorporates the most exquisite animation ever put to film. More narrative than recent Disney Pixar efforts, it captures a folkloric tale set in 10th century, Scotland. Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is the raven-haired daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Her parents promise to marry her off to one of the sons to the kingdom’s three lords (Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane). Transpires the fellows are not exactly the best suitors and Merida is not quite ready for marriage. Her controlling mother insists she adhere to tradition and pick a husband, upholding the shaky truce between the lords in the process. Tempestuous Merida bolts to the woods in a fit of anger, and happens upon a witch (Julie Walters) who promises to change her fate. When the dust from the spell eventually settles, Merida discovers she has put everyone at risk, and even awoken the fabled demon bear that once terrorised their land and claimed her father’s leg. The young lady must make amends and what follows is slap-stickingly funny. The wild beauty of Scotland is lovingly rendered with a gorgeous palette of painterly colors and the voicings in particular are exceptional and pleasurable. The movie does contain some scary bit so do be warned with very young viewers, otherwise a delight.

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