Merida was OK for her role in the movie. What I think annoyed most people (including me) is that her archery stunt in the trailers, while awesome, didn't look like a smart way to solve her dilemma (it did not) and just made her look like a stubborn fool.
Here's something I just realized: the TRUE reason Elinor may have wanted Merida to be the "perfect, obedient princess" may have been... that she wanted someone else in the family to be like her
. Everyone one of her *four* children took after her husband, and while nice people, they were all impulsive, unwise and (probably) not fit for good rulers. I can only imagine how frustrating that might be. Parents aren't supposed to play favorites, but its just human nature.
Yes, I know that was supposed to be obvious -Merida directly accuses her of it- but the film doesn't make it that evident, mainly because Elinor just always seems to be right all the time (and therefore, Merida is 'wrong'.) Maybe if they had included, I dunno, a scene where The King and queen discuss the situation and they reveal that yes, they COULD try to change the marriage tradition if they really wanted to
, Merida's case would be more sympathetic (and the ending make more sense.)
edited 14th Jul '12 8:35:48 AM by Sijo