The underlying, redundant, and underwhelming theme of the film is the pursuit of family unity at all costs.
Most affecting in its depiction of friendship, and the performances represent platonic male intimacy in convincing, often moving ways.
If you’ve followed the Up documentary series, you know that it catches up with a cross-section of Britishers every seven years.
The old ways have been literally silenced, with no thought as to why they existed in the first place. The only lesson Merida learns is that she should be more careful in her dealings with witches.
In cinema as in life, the devotion inspired by cults can—like the Jonestown thirst for Kool-Aid—border on lunacy.