Brave – *****

In Disney Pixar’s latest film, young Scottish princess Merida (Kelly MacDonald) feels she is being pushed into a life she does not want and attempts to change it. This results in a chain of events that force the princess to fight for what is important to her.

The film has an all star cast including Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and Craig Ferguson. As expected with such a cast, the voices are superb. Kelly MacDonald is believable as a young teenager and Coltrane, Ferguson and Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd are entertaining as the clan chiefs. While both Thompson and Walters hail from south of the border, both their characters have very believable Scottish accents.

The animation in Brave is also excellent. The landscapes are very similar to real life areas of the Highlands and look stunning in 3D. For viewers familiar with the area, the film will bring back memories of climbing hills and running through fields.

In terms of story the film is entertaining. There are a few unexpected twists and plenty of comedy. Although all audiences will find the film funny, there are elements of Scottish humour that will have Scottish viewers laughing every 2 minutes.

The soundtrack, which includes songs by Julie Fowlis and Mumford & Sons, is enjoyable and very appropriate for the film. Anyone familiar with Scottish music will be tapping their feet in time to the music early in the film.

Although Disney Pixar films are primarily aimed at children, Brave is a film that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages. For anyone that likes animated films, likes Scotland and appreciates good comedy this is a must see.

Reviewed by Lesley Watt

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