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Being a massive Disney geek, and having seen every single Disney film more times than I can count, when I heard that Brave was being released, I simply had to go. With the characters voiced by people like Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, I knew it was going to be something great. I was really looking forward to it, and, let's just say, I wasn't disappointed.
Brave is set in medieval Scotland (and, yes, I did spend the whole film transfixed by the utterly fabulous Scottish accents...), in a land plagued by the demon bear Mor'du. Merida is the princess of the DunBroch clan, and destined to marry the firstborn of one of the surrounding clans. Determined to change her fate, she seeks the help of a witch, to change her mother's mind about the marriage, and change her destiny. But, of course, the witch's spell has some rather unexpected effects (Come on, it's Disney, it was bound to happen!) Soon, Merida has to find a way to take back what she has done, and change her fate (again.), and that of her family, and her land, before it's too late.
I really loved Brave (and not just because I'm a Disney geek, but because it was amazing.) It was so funny, and it was refreshing to have a fairy tale not be centred around the princess finding her prince - the opposite, in fact. We've all got so used to Disney films being about someone finding their 'happy ever after' and riding off into the sunset, so it was great to see a film where avoiding that was the whole point. (Also, the short film before Brave actually starts, La Luna, is unbelievably cute. It's about a little boy called Bambino, who has to clean the fallen stars off the surface of the moon, and I literally spent the whole thing just going "N'awwh!") the animation was mind-blowing, and it's insane to think of how long the animators must have spent working on it (especially on Merida's hair. She has a lot of hair.)
I went to see Brave in the Gwyn Hall in Neath, and I'd never been to the cinema in there before, so I had no idea what the cinema would actually be like inside. But, it's MASSIVE. It wasn't what I expected at all, for some unknown reason, I had assumed it would be tiny, but, seriously, it's huge. Imagine sitting in a theatre, with the stalls and the circle, but then with a cinema screen in it instead (which I suppose is kind of what it is...)
If you get a chance to see Brave, GO! It's amazing, and definitely worth seeing, since it breaks away from the cliched romantic ending, which is something Disney films can fall into the trap of doing. In fact, why are you still sitting here reading this? Go, now! Go see it!
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