Voices of Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson
Disappointing. Visually-stunning. Flat.
A teenaged Scottish Princess and world class archer, Merida (MacDonald), wants to follow her own dreams, rather than do what’s expected of her. She has a complicated relationship with her loving but domineering mother, Queen Elinor (Thompson), which leads to a hasty mistake from Merida, ending in the Queen being transformed into a bear. With all the makings of a modern classic fairy tale, first-rate animation and voice-over work, this film should have been so much more. The problem lies with the story which feels half-baked. With no compelling villain and no romantic love interest, there’s not much to push the story forward. It becomes a series of hijinks towards the end, and that’s really disappointing.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-