EIFF 2012 – Brave

These Disney Pixar collaborations are usually a safe bet when it comes to family entertainment and Brave is no exception.

This time round we have a new princess and refreshingly her happy ever after doesn’t revolve around any prince charming. In fact Merida’s (Kelly Macdonald) main aim is to avoid marrying at all, going to magical lengths to avoid being pushed into marriage by her mother (Emma Thompson) as per tradition. When it doesn’t go to plan she has to go to great lengths to try to undo the spell.

The danger with Brave – especially when taking into account a Scottish audience – is that the Scottishness would be laid on too thick.

Though thankfully with some genuine native accents including Billy Connolly and an underuse of “och aye” even the most Scottish of Scots should be able to sit through this one comfortably. Alongside the ginger hair, which is a remarkable piece of animation, the Scottish nods are playful rather than cheesy. With a personal favourite of “a princess doesnae doodle”.

Brave is another in a long line of adult and child friendly animations; colourful and charming with an impressive level of detail which looks lovely in 3D.

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane

Runtime: 100 min

Language: English

In cinemas: 17 August


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