I honestly had no problem with the story. In fact, after finding all the memories and other story related things like Zelda’s diary and whatever I actually liked the story a fair bit. I mean it’s not a new Lord of the Rings but definitely decent enough for a good video game. Especially with the added story of the DLC.
At OP I can agree with most things. The enemy variety, the hookshot, they could’ve easily have been part of Breath of the Wild.