Duration: 100 min.
Rating stars: 7.6 out of 10 stars.
Released date: 22 June 2012 (USA).
Director: Steve Purcell, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman.
Written by : Irene Mecchi, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman.
Princess Merida determined to make her own path in life granted one wish she must rely on her skills to undo a wicked curse.
In Scotland, King Fergus of Clan DunBroch presents his young daughter Merida with a bow for her birthday. While practicing, Merida encounters a will-o'-the-wisp. Soon afterwards, Mor'du, a giant demon bear, attacks the family. Merida escapes along with her mother Queen Elinor while Fergus fights off the bear at the cost of his left leg.
Years later, Merida has become a free-spirited teenager and an older sister of identical triplets: Hamish, Hubert and Harris. Her mother informs her that Merida is to be betrothed to one of her father's allied clans. Reminding Merida of a legend about a prince who ruined his own kingdom, Elinor warns her that failure to marry could harm DunBroch. Despite the warning, Merida is dissatisfied with the arrangement.
To save her freedom, Merida escapes and buys a spell from a barmy looking witch that’s supposed to transform her mother into caring less about decorum and propriety. Unfortunately, the spell backfires and marriage becomes the least of Merida and her mother’s problems.
Upset by this as well, Elinor loses her temper, and throws Merida's bow in a fireplace nearby. Upset by this, Merida flees the castle. Unseen by Merida, her mother regrets what she has done a few moments later, and manages to retrieve the bow from the fire.
Merida flees to the forest, where she comes across a circle of stones, and several willo-the-wisps. Following them, she finds a small cottage inhabited by an old woman. The old woman claims she is just a wood carver, but Merida soon realizes she's actually a witch, when she notices an enchanted broom, and the woman's crow (which can talk!).
Merida eagerly asks for a spell to change her mother, but the witch refuses, claiming she did a spell once before, and regretted it. After some bargaining, the witch agrees to give Merida a spell to change her mother; in the form of a cake.
Returning to the castle, King Fergus is doing his best to quell the Lords after the events of the tournament. Merida encounters her mother in the kitchen, and eagerly gives her the pie, but after one bite, Elinor claims she does not feel well & transform into a large bear.
Merida and Elinor return to the witch's now deserted cottage where they discover that the spell will be permanent unless undone by the second sunrise, Merida theorizes that she can reverse the spell by repairing her family tapestry.
At the castle, the clans are on the verge of war, but the princess quells their fighting and declares that the children should be allowed to get married in their own time. Merida then sneaks into the tapestry room with Elinor, who is losing control of her human self. Fergus enters the bed chamber and is attacked by Elinor until she regains human consciousness and races out of the castle in desperation. Fergus gives chase. With the help of her brothers, who have transformed into cubs by eating the cake, Merida rides after her father while sewing up the tapestry.
Merida places the tapestry over Elinor, but nothing happens. After breaking down in tears and reconciling with her mother, Elinor is transformed back along with the triplets, and the family is reunited. A few days later, the clans depart for their respective lands and Merida and Elinor ride their horses together.
Brave is a beautiful and moving new fairy tale that fits seamlessly into the genre; Princess Merida is a wonderfully multi-facted heroine; the film shapes itself around problems that are familiar and understandable and will be well-understood and appreciated by kids and parents ; the supporting characters that are given the most attention are well-crafted (but too bad for those others that fall by the wayside), The visual effects are flawless,Brave is at its best when it's smartly and charmingly changing what we think a Disney Princess can be, but it wavers when it tries to somehow reinvent the Pixar wheel.
Reviewed by: Riham Adel