Free-spirited Merida deplores her mother's (Emma Thompson) incessant cries for her to be more lady-like. Merida's desire for freedom results in a terrible spell being cast on her mother, turning her into the arch-rival of her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly). Merida must use all her wits to break the curse and save the kingdom.
The staging of the Highland Games (fighting for the right to marry Merida) is brilliantly executed. The caricatures only add to the comedic effect of their actions. Each suitor gets their shot at Merida but she, and later they, realise that fate truly lies in their own hands.
Buried beneath the humour and dazzling visuals are intense scenes involving battles with animals and heated arguments between mother and daughter. The red mane of our heroine is symbolic of her personality. She won't be contained, nor will she conform to a certain mould. Yet by the end of the film, she has made concessions, and she and her mother learn that there is a place for modern ideals in traditional culture.
The film's dedication to Steve Jobs is a nice gesture to the man who co-founded the studio. Brave is Pixar's first film since his death.
YP Rating: 4/5