“If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?”
1. Merida. Merida, Merida, Merida. She is without a doubt the best Disney heroine and has replaced Princess Leia as my favourite princess of all time. Sorry Leia, I love you but Merida does archery and she wouldn’t dream of kissing a boy, she’s too busy being badass. Plus she doesn’t brush her hair and I have to be bribed to brush mine.
2. Visually, it’s stunning. It’s so close to being as beautiful and haunting as actual Scottish countryside that you’d never have to watch a David Attenborough documentary again.
3. There is practically no singing. There’s a scene where the leaders of the clan are drunkenly howling along to a folk tune but there is no spontaneously breaking into song to convey an emotional dilemma, no singing on horseback or in a canoe or while sweeping the castle stairs.
4. There isn’t a love interest. Brave is about family and tradition and expectations and intergenerational miscommunication. The princes are portrayed as average teenage boys – hapless, nervous and a bit strange – romance is not on the cards.
5. Brave is genuinely moving and will make you want to go home and give your mum a cuddle – the moral to the story is compromise, acceptance and understanding, especially between parents and their children.
Written by Becky Shepherd