As they wander in the woods, the two come across the willo-the-wisps again, and follow them. Suddenly, the bear emerges from the darkness and attempts to attack Merida. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Genre Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy Imdb Rating 7. First of all, I never felt like there was much meat to the story. Merida and her mother quickly take leave as Lord Fergus and his men fight against the bear.
In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. In the time that has passed, Lady Elinor has given birth to three mischievous boys triplets , and Merida is now a teenager. In a prologue, we see Lord Fergus and Lady Elinor in a forested area, celebrating the birthday of their young daughter, Merida. Not their worst outing but close to it. . It was enjoyable sure, and had some good morals and family values but I never felt like I was invested in the main characters. She relates the story of how the clans were descended from four brothers, but one of them wanted more power than the others, and caused the balance of power to crumble.
While her mother wants her to be proper, Merida is moreso intent on practicing archery, and journeying off in the forest. Going back to her parents, she tells what she saw, and her mother explains that they can lead a person to their destiny. All in all, Brave was good but not great. Naturally, the young woman is not at all happy with this situation. Merida runs off and retrieves it, but soon encounters a glowing blue willo-the-wisp.
Stuff just seemed to happen. Though Elinor happily plays with Merida, she grows perturbed when Fergus gives the little girl her own bow and set of arrows. Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Brave was at its best when it made me laugh which unfortunately, was just too seldom. They are lead to a high mountain, and the ruins of a great castle. Elinor manages to save her daughter, and the two head back to the circle of stones. Elinor explains to her daughter that the clans must be kept in harmony, or chaos may reign.
Time passes, and we see that Lord Fergus has lost his leg to the bear. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. For example, the entire scene where the 3 clans try to fight for Mérida's hand was way too short! I discovered that it's hard to break those pre-conceptions as I kept thinking the story was going somewhere else than it did. However, Merida is now sure what needs to be done. Inside, Merida finds a stone tablet depicting 4 men, with one of them separated from the group.
Kelly Macdonald in particular, was perfect as Mérida. Secondly, and this isn't as much the movies fault as perhaps the marketing that surrounded it, but it was actually a very different movie than I thought it was going to be. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. As Merida tries to hit a target, one of the arrows sails off into the forest nearby. Suddenly, the mood is broken as an enormous black bear enters the camp grounds.
The voice cast was very good though. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. . . .
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