Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Movie Review: "Braveheart" (1995)

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Year Nominated: 1996
Director: Mel Gibson
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 58 minutes
Did It Win?: Yes.

After his wife is killed, Scottish commoner William Wallace (Mel Gibson) raises an army and leads a rebellion against the tyrannical English King, Edward 'Longshanks' I (Patrick McGoohan).

"Braveheart" is directed by and stars Mel Gibson and is written by Randall Wallace. It tells the story of Scottish knight Sir William Wallace, played by Gibson, who rose from being a common man to leading a rebellion against England and its tyrannical king Edward I, also known as 'Longshanks,' played by Patrick McGoohan. Joining them in the cast of this historical epic are James Cosmo, Brian Cox, Peter Hanly, Sophie Marceau, Angus Macfadyen, John Kavanagh, Alun Armstrong, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, Tommy Flangan, and David O'Hara, just to name a few. They all come together to create a highly skilled and overall wonderful ensemble full of gallant, heroic, sometimes funny, sometimes crazy fighters seeking their liberty.

"Braveheart" is an epic film in every sense of the word. With an expansive cast and huge, well made battle scenes, it is truly a site to behold. It is beautifully shot as Gibson takes the time to set up the characters and the environment surrounding the strife between England and Scotland. We see the vibrant, beautiful landscape of what is meant to portray around the year 1300 in Scotland, as well as the brutality in the blood-soaked battlefield as Wallace and his men march from town to town hunting down their English oppressors. We understand the character of William Wallace and his desire to make Scotland a free territory, especially considering he hardly goes one conversation without mentioning the word "freedom." No one would argue this is an historically accurate film, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful (which sucks because Mel Gibson is an awful person, but he sure as hell knows how to make good movies).

"Braveheart" is intensely engaging and amazingly exciting watch. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and wound up taking home 5, including best picture and best director. We enjoy this movie a lot, and though it is a very long-winded film, we have re-watched it multiple times. The converging stories come together with some tremendous acting, casting, and cinematography to create one great, slow-motion filled epic.

Last Oscar season, we were watching: "Quiz Show"

Two Oscar seasons ago, we were watching: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"

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