Brave (2012)

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Writer: Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Irene Mecchi
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson

Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is King Fergus’ (Billy Connolly) daughter. But despiter her mother Elinor’s (Emma Thompson) best efforts, Merida is not really interested in being a princess. She much rather spends her time shooting her bow and riding through the woods. When the queen decides that it’s time for Merida to marry, Merida decides that she needs a way to change her fate – by changing her mother. When she stumbles on a witch’s cottage, she gets a chance to do so – with unforseeable consequences.

I loved Brave. It was funny, sweet, entertaining, touching and beautifully animated. An absolute success.

I had high hopes for this film, and seriously high expectations. And I came out of it wiping away a few tears and feeling completely elated. This just doesn’t happen often enough. But when it does, it’s so amazingly beautiful that you can’t help but fall in love with the film. Which is exactly what happened here.

And it started with the short film before the main feature already. La Luna might just be their best short yet. And it set the tone perfectly for the main feature.

Honestly, it’s hard to review this film because everything I can say about it will basically sound like squeeeeeeeeee. Maybe interrupted by the occasional whoop.

The animation is gorgeous (and holyfuckingshitmeridashair!), the voice cast is brilliant (and all those Scottish accents!) and even though the story progresses exactly like I thought it would and is pretty simple, it hits all the right notes, resonates on a deep emotional level and anyway, we get way too few positive mother-daughter-stories anyway, so that’s just as amazing as the rest of the film.

Summarising: I just wish that all movies were this engaging and great.

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