A lead character who’s not all that likeable until the movie’s almost over? Well now, that is brave. It’s also not a terrific idea.
Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is petulant, snotty and irresponsible – in other words, a teenager. But the archery-loving Scottish princess also lacks empathy and is cruel to her fiercely traditional mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), and that’s harder to swallow. Worse, though, is Brave’s nutty central plot twist.