Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st June, 2012
Australian DVD Release Date: 21th November, 2012
Country: United States
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Screenwriter: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Steve Purcell
Cast: Peigi Barker (Young Merida (voice)), Robbie Coltrane (Lord Dingwall (voice)), Billy Connolly (Fergus (voice)), Steven Cree (Young Macintosh (voice)), Craig Ferguson (Lord Macintosh (voice)), Eilidh Fraser (Maudie (voice)), Sally Kinghorn (Maudie (voice)), Kelly Macdonald (Merida (voice)), Kevin McKidd (Lord MacGuffin/Young MacGuffin (voice)), Callum O’Neil (Wee Dingwell (voice)), Steve Purcell (The Crow (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Gordon (voice)), Emma Thompson (Elinor (voice)), Julie Walters (The Witch (voice))
Runtime: 100 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Brave’ Review:
Okay sit down and strap yourself in because I’m about to say something that may be a shock to some people. Brave is one of the best animated films of all time. It doesn’t take rocket science to come to that conclusion because this is one film that simply doesn’t do anything wrong.
Disney Pixar answers their critics who recently slammed the company for never creating strong female characters by revealing Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, TV’S Boardwalk Empire), one of the strongest female characters to grace our screens in a long, long time.
While Merida’s mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson – Men In Black 3, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2) wants Merida to be a good Princess and marry one of the Kingdom’s eligible batchelors her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly – The Ballad Of Nessie, Gullivar’s Travels) encourages to follow her dreams and become a warrior.
Angry that it seems her mother will get her way Merida meets a witch (Julie Walters – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) and asks her to do a spell that will change everything… the only problem is that happens in a way that becomes life-threatening.
One of the standouts with Brave is the fabulous work put in by the film’s directors, Mark Andrews (Violet, One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince Of Egypt). Aided by spectacular feats of animation these talented directors bring a look and feel to this film that most animated films would be envious of. The detail in the shots taken in the forest are amazing, you can even see the lines on each of the leaves.
Another brave decision by the filmmakers that really pays off is the fact that they went with Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (who most people would remember from Trainspotting) to voice Merida. Most producers would have lined up Hollywood’s latest starlet and just asked her to put on a Scottish accent, but in the case of Brave you feel that would have been something that really wouldn’t have worked.
With a brilliant script and some of the best animation work that you are ever likely to see Brave is one film that will be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Brave’: http://www.helium.com/items/2336831-movie-reviews-brave-2012.
Rating: 5/5 Stars