Main Character and Protagonist
Out of respect to those working on the film and crafting the story there will be no quotes of the original Ain’t It Cool article(now removed) that criticized Pixar’s Brave. However, there was one witless notion of story structure that cannot go unanswered.
The “protagonist” of a story does not have to have the greatest “character arc.”
If you need examples of this please take the time to watch Chinatown, The Silence of the Lambs, Amadeus, Braveheart, Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?, Iron Giant, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and/or In The Heat of the Night. You might also want to read Romeo and Juliet. If you can’t read, there is a video here. Either way, stop using shallowness as a base point for analysis.
In addition, don’t use “protagonist” when you really mean Main Character. There is a difference between the two explained in the article Redefining Protagonist and Main Character. The old ways of thinking must die . Even A-List Hollywood screenwriter John August gets it. The central character of a story does NOT always have the greatest arc.
So tiresome to continually have to read reviews and critiques that come from a complete lack of understanding of how stories work.