Brave

(PG) ★★★☆☆

Pixar’s latest is an eyeful, a gorgeous if awkwardly plotted Scottish adventure. Young Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is preparing for an arranged marriage to one of three suitors representing clans of the kingdom ruled by her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly). But she runs off on her own, coming into contact with a witch (Julie Walters) who turns Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) into a bear. Pixar still reigns supreme, and the film is gorgeous, but this isn’t one of their masterpieces.

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