Film Brave adalah file yang penuh semangat, menunjukkan kecemerlangan, serta cukup sensasional dalam menampilkan beberapa karakterisasi yang mengesankan. Nuansa Brave terjadi pada abad ke-10 di Skotlandia tentang Putri Merida, seorang pemanah yang terampil, yang memutuskan untuk menentang adat kuno yang ditegakkan oleh ibunya dan menolak untuk menikah dengan putra tertua dari salah satu dari tiga pangeran dari klan lain, sehingga menyebabkan kekacauan di kerajaannya . Berusaha mengubah nasibnya, Merida berkonsultasi kepada penyihir untuk membantu, tapi justru karena hal ini keluarganya dikutuk dan Merida dipaksa untuk membatalkan mantra dan menemukan makna keberanian yang sebenarnya. Film ini dengan cara yang indah menekankan hubungan ibu-anak yang inspiratif.
[as Fergus teaches young Merida how to shoot with her bow, Merida misses the target]
Fergus: Now, there’s a good girl. listen. Draw all the way back now to your cheek. That’s right, keep both eyes open, and…boost.
[Merida shoots and misses the target again]
Young Merida: I missed it.
Merida: [voice over] Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.
Merida: [voice over] The story of how my father lost his leg to the demon bear, Mor’du, became legend. I became a sister to three new brothers, the princes. Hamish, Hubert and Harris. Wee devils more like. They get away with murder! I can never get away with anything!
[we see Merida waking up, getting dressed, taking her bow and arrows, running downstairs to her horse, Angus, and riding off]
Merida: [voice over] But every once in a while, there’s a day when I don’t have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day when I can change my fate.
[we see Merida as she riding into the forest, shooting her arrows at different targets, then sitting near the cliff’s edge and carves on her bow, then see climbs a rock and when she reaches the top she drinks from the waterfall nearby and the screams and jumps up and down in excitement]
[Merida places her bow on the table]
Elinor: Merida, a princess does not place her weapons on the table.
Merida: Mom! It’s just my bow.
Elinor: A princess should not have weaponry in my opinion.
Fergus: Leave her be! Princess or not, learning to fight is essential.
[Elinor makes a face at him]
Fergus: There! There! That’s my queen! Right, here we go.
[he starts talking in a high pitched girlie voice, pretending to be Merida]
Fergus: I don’t want to get married! I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen, firing arrows into the sunset.
[Elinor decides to explain to Fergus what she wishes she could explain to Merida]
Elinor: Merida, all this work, all the time spent preparing you, schooling you, giving you everything we never had, I ask you, what do you expect us to do?
[to herself on hearing this]
Merida: First born?
Elinor: And thus, compete for the hand of the princess of DunBroch. To win the fair maiden, they must prove their worth by feets of strength or arms in the games. It is customary for the challenge be determined by the princess herself.
[Merida quickly shouts out]
Merida: Archery! Archery!
[Elinor looks at Merida and Merida then says gracefully]
Merida: I choose archery.
[Fergus turns to face his daughter but sees a dog in her seat instead, then we see Merida has gone onto the field, she addresses the crowd]
Merida: I am Merida, first born descendant of Clan DunBroch. And I’ll be shooting for my own hand!
[to herself as she sees]
Elinor: What are you doing?
[she bends and her dress rips at the back and arms allowing her to move freely, she aims and hits the first target dead on center]
Elinor: Merida, stop this!
[Merida moves to the second target, aims and shoots center again]
Elinor: Don’t you dare release another arrow!
[Merida takes another arrow and prepares to shoot the third target]
Elinor: Merida, I forbid it!
[at that moment Merida shoot the arrow and hits the center of the target, splitting young Dingwall’s arrow in half]
Merida: You were never there for me! This whole marriage is what you want! Do you ever bother to ask what I want? No! You walk around telling me what to do, what not to do! Trying to make me be like you! Well, I’m not going to be like you!
Elinor: Ach! You’re acting like a child!
Merida: And you’re a beast! That’s what you are!
[after escaping from Mor’du]
Merida: Mom, we need to get back to the castle. If we don’t hurry, you’ll become like Mor’du! A bear! A real bear! Forever! Mend the bond torn by pride. The witch gave us the answer. The tapestry!
[Merida and Elinor sneak back into the castle and as they peak into the Great Hall they see that Fergus and the lords are fighting again, Merida tries to stop them and walks into the middle of the room and tells them the story of the ancient kingdom and the selfish prince]
Merida: Yours was an alliance forged in bravery and friendship and it lives to this day. I’ve been selfish. I tore a great rift in our kingdom. There’s no one to blame but me. And I know now that I need to amend my mistake and mend our bond. And so, there is the matter of my betrothal. I decided to do what’s right, and…
[as she looks around the room she notices Elinor in the background trying to stop her]
Merida: And… and break tradition.
[she looks over at Elinor, who is miming what Merida should say]
Merida: My mother, the queen, feels…uh, in her heart, that I…that we be free to… write our own story. Follow our hearts, and find love in our time.
[after the triplets help her escape, they find Fergus and the lords have captured Elinor and just as Fergus is about to strike Elinor, Merida stops him by shooting her arrow at his sword]
Merida: Get back! That’s my mother!
Fergus: Are you out of your mind, lass?
Merida: Mom, are you hurt?
[suddenly Fergus knocks Merida out of the way and goes to strike Elinor again when Merida grabs hold of a sword and stops him]
[she pushes her father back]
Merida: I’ll not let you kill my mother!
[Merida begins to cry and kneels in front of Elinor]
Merida: Oh, mom, I’m sorry. This is all my fault. I did this to you, to us.
[she tearfully hugs Elinor]
Merida: You’ve always been there for me. You’ve never given up on me. I just need you back. I want you back, mommy. I love you.
[as the sunrise washes over them, Merida feels her mother’s touch on her hair and looks up to see Elinor had turned human again]
Merida: Mom! You’re back!
[Elinor hugs Merida and kisses her face repeatedly]
Merida: You’ve changed!
Elinor: Oh, darling. We both have.
[last lines; Elinor, Merida, and Fergus are bidding the lords farewell]
Merida: [voice over] Some say fate is beyond our command, but I know better. Our destiny is within us. You just have to be brave enough to see it.
[we see Merida rides off through the forest with her Elinor, making their bond stronger]