An impetuous princess discovers that her reckless choice has put both her family and her father’s kingdom in peril in this animated adventure from Pixar films. As a toddler, Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald) saw her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), do battle with one of the fiercest animals in the kingdom — a horribly scarred hulk of a bear named Mordu. Though Fergus lost his leg defending his family, Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), managed to escape the beast before it vanished back into the forest. Years later, Merida has grown up to become not just a skilled archer, but also a beautiful princess who inspires a competition among the eligible bachelors in the land. But Merida has little interest in getting married, and the harder her mother pushes the issue, the more fiercely she resists it. When the tournament for her hand gets under way and a deep divide opens between mother and daughter, Merida makes a wish that threatens the future of both her family and the entire kingdom. Now, with only a brief window of time to set things right, Merida must summon the courage to atone for her mistake and prevent a past tragedy from destroying any hope for a peaceful future.
“[T]he movie displays its own independent spirit….There’s characteristic psychological sophistication when it comes to the depiction of family dynamics.” — Grade: B (Entertainment Weekly)
3 stars out of 4 — “[I]t’s a lively, psychologically astute tale filled with humanity, wit and charming performances.” (USA Today)
3 stars out of 4 — “This is a great-looking movie….The Scottish Highlands are thrillingly painted in astonishing detail…” (Chicago Sun-Times)
3.5 stars out of 4 — “BRAVE takes dark, dazzling turns. The beasts of the Scottish wild are no match for Merida’s girl power.” (Rolling Stone)
“[T]echnically ambitious, fabulous to look at and fun to be around, mostly thanks to a spirited and feisty heroine…” (Total Film)
“The Disney/Pixar team is scaling new heights of ambition….An immersive and complete work of cinema…” (Sight and Sound)