Forget your traditional Disney princess! Instead of finding her Prince Charming or the perfect fitting shoe, Merida (Kelly Macdonald) fights against tradition and makes her own path in the new Disney-Pixar animated film, Brave.
Merida is the epitome of a modern-day princess, even though her story takes place centuries ago in medieval Scotland. With a courageous spirit and bow and arrow in hand, she stands up for herself when her parents, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and King Fergus (Billy Connolly), want her to marry a lord — specifically, Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), or Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
The adventure heats up when a frustrated Merida meets a witch who grants her ultimate wish — to change her overbearing mother’s opinion of marriage. However, her wish goes awry when her mother is transformed into a bear, and her father confuses his altered wife for the animal he has been hunting for years. The chase for her mother causes Merida to find the true meaning of bravery from within.
Hollywood.com recently sat down with Kelly Macdonald, Craig Ferguson, and Kevin McKidd to talk all things Scottish, standing up for yourself, and taking the reigns in a Pixar film.
Be sure to check out Brave in theaters this Friday, July 22, and watch our exclusive interview with the stars below:
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Psychiatric nurse Maggie O'Connor (Kim Basinger) raises her drug-addicted sister's baby who grows up to be a girl with "special" gifts like the ability to rock a dead bird back to life. When Cody turns 6 her mother returns to claim her. The trouble is mom is now married to Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell) leader of a Satanic cult masquerading as a self-help group. Stark wants Cody to use her powers for the "dark side " and will kill her if she refuses. Aunt Maggie enlists the aid of FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits) to help her track down and save Cody.
Basinger 's passive bearing and scrubbed-down glamour seem out of place in the dingy New York settings. When Stark's snarling teenage-runaway groupies attack her they seem as angry at her smooth blond coif as anything else. Sewell does what he can with lines like "death would be a kinder fate" and "she will be ours" (this last line uttered while practically shaking his fist at the heavens). Vastly underused is Smits whose all-talk-and-no-action FBI agent wouldn't have lasted a day in "NYPD Blue's" precinct.
Although director Chuck Russell captures a rich textured look and lays on the ghoulish special effects (a river of red-eyed rats ominous whispers wraithlike demons) "Bless the Child" doesn't generate any real chill. It's not helped by the script which throws in every clich‚ possible about angels demons hellfire and brimstone. There's no avoiding comparison with "The Sixth Sense " the success of which surely must have put some heat under this project. Unfortunately it's a little too cooked.