Scottish Film: ´Brave´

Film review by Julia

´Brave´is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Although it is an American film, it set in the Scottish Highlands. The movie tells the life of Merida, a Scottish princess whose interests are archery and horse riding. She said to her mother that her interests are not what a princess should be doing and that she has to marry. Merida chooses to defy and when she meets a witch she asks for a spell to change her mother. The witch gives her a special cake but the change is not what she was hoping for.

The film is set in old Scotland and you can see a lot of Scottish things. First of all, she is a redhead which is common in Scottish people. Also, all the gentlemen wear the famous kilt and play Celtic music on their bagpipes.

Scottish Clans give a sense of identity very common in old Scotland and in the movie three kinds of Clans appear. They each have their own tartan pattern and wear kilts, plaids, sashes, ties, and scarves.

There is a mysterious castle, in which the family live, and the witch´s cave is located on the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye where there are enormous and amazing rocks formations and stunning landscapes. In the village where she lived when she was a child, the famous Highland `Coos´ are running around.

Secondly, the most important Scottish thing in the movie is the cake which Merida gives her mum to change her. She gives her mum a typical Scottish cake with some blueberries and a thistle. When the whole family ate dinner, they ate the common and delicious Haggis.

And last but not least, sometimes, they say some Scottish words such as wee and aye.

To conclude, although it is a kid´s movie, it is an amazing movie. I recommend it to everybody.

While I was watching the movie, I wrote some Scottish words and sentences which I had never heard before. So, I found it to be an incredible movie and it helped me to learn some more English.

Have you watched Brave? What do you think about it? Do you know other famous Scottish films?

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Date last modified: Wed 8th May 2013