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Film Review: Brave is a fun romp, rather than a new classic

Once the witch's (rather idiotic) curse is unleashed, not only does Merida's life go wrong but the plot does, too.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Voices by: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
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The headstrong, flame-haired princess Merida (Macdonald) lives in a mythical Scotland and is about to be married off to an unappealing suitor in this latest animated adventure from Pixar. Instead of meekly accepting her fate, Merida rides off in a huff and ends up at a witch's house - and as anyone who has ever read a fairy tale knows, encounters with witches rarely end well. It all looks lovely - check out Merida's copper, curly locks - and the first third romps along as she displays her inner medieval feminist. But once the witch's (rather idiotic) curse is unleashed, not only does Merida's life go wrong but the plot does as well. The end has some nice action and the film boasts a feisty heroine (never a bad thing) but, in the end, this is a fun fairy tale rather than a classic one.

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