-If you don’t gloss over what Merida does or project what you think a generic hero is, you will see her as unlike-able. Plain and simple. Giving her brothers stolen treats wasn’t an ample enough “Save the Cat” moment. She needed to be more self-sacrificing in other areas to balance out her resistance to marriage. Everything she did was selfish until she was forced into an “arc” by a half-baked “don’t do what I did” character. It doesn’t feel natural.
-It felt by far the “smallest” 3D world for which was set up to be epic in scale. There are only 2 memorable settings – in the castle and in the woods at some unimportant but somehow significant rock formation.
-The “plot twist” felt like an excuse for slapstick comedy. The brothers had too little screen time.
-There was no sense of danger or urgency all do to the main character’s stubborn attitude.
-Merida at one point has the attention of every character in the movie, and fails to even try to warn everyone of the situation
-Visually remarkable color palettes, hair dynamics, and fluid sims.
If you like Merida and accept her flawed state as “normal” then you’ll most likely like the rest of the movie.
If you don’t, EVERYTHING, in the movie will fall apart both emotionally and logically.