Brave
2012
****
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane

Finding Nemo is a lovely tale of father and son who don’t see eye to eye. With this animation set in ancient Scotland, the Pixar Studios give the female folk their own version of the same premise. Queen Elinor is determined to prepare her daughter for marriage to one of the ruling clans, but the tomboyish, strong-willed and flame-haired Merida wants to be in charge of her own future. The story appears to be heading down a familiar romantic path, until Merida’s encounter with a witch gives it an unexpected and refreshing twist, and turns it into a moving portrayal of the bond between mother and daughter. King Fergus and the three younger brothers provide the comedy relief.