A darling of the box-office earlier in the year, where it grossed more than $530 million, Brave was not only one of the best-reviewed Disney Pixar movies released in a few years, but was lauded for heralding a new breed of hero – feminine, strong, warm & funny – much like an even better version of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen (granted, it’s probably easier to shoot an animated arrow than a real one).
That said, this film is all sorts of fun, and chock-full of the beautiful, wind-swept vistas and richly textured characters on which Pixar has built its brand. Comedian Billy Connolly is a larger-than-life softie as the King, big enough to reign with strength and emotional enough to bring reason and love to his populace. Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2) is all sorts of stunning as the princess with a point to prove, drawn with luxurious locks of Scottish Red hair and the right amount of moxie fit for a hero. Filled with familiar voices ranging from late night host Craig Ferguson to British darling Emma Thompson (Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility), this is one of those films that can sit in the player for months on repeat. That it also has a sincere message means kids are going to discover different elements as they age, while parents enjoy the ingenuity on hand.
Check out the interviews from the film’s premiere, and some clips from the studio, if it’s cold in your part of the world, this might just be a Thanksgiving Day afternoon accompaniment to pumpkin pie.