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Film Review of Braveheart

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Film Review of Braveheart Mel Gibson has reached an acting pinnacle, at least so far, with Braveheart. It is an epic movie that is loosely based on historic events in Scotland. All the performances were great and the cinematography was superb. The film covers the life of William Wallace from the time he is a small boy, when his Father dies, to his own death. The movie is set mostly in 13th Century Scotland, the story's backdrop is William Wallace’s struggle against the unjust rule of the English King, Longshanks, and how he gets almost the entire country of Scotland to back him up in his struggle for freedom. After the death of his Father at the hands of the English, William is raised by his uncle who, being a great believer in education, takes William across the world where he learns Latin, French and the manly arts of war. Eventually, he returns to his homeland, a fully mature man, ready to settle down with his childhood sweetheart and raise a family. The concerns of his countrymen over English rule take second place to his pursuit of the beautiful Murron, his childhood sweetheart. Due to the half-hearted opposition of Murron's Father and the English noble's rights to take a bride on her wedding night, Wallace is married in secret. The honeymoon doesn't last long before their joy is shattered by the results of an English soldier's attempted rape of Murron. While Wallace is able to beat back the soldiers from his wife, she is captured as they flee in separate directions. The local Lord then decides to bring Wallace into the open by executing his woman in a particularly brutal scene. She is tied to an upright pole and her throat is cut. So starts William Wallace's life long battle against the En... ... middle of paper ... ....” This whole scene shows how William Wallace touched the lives of everyone. They begin to realize what he had struggled so valiantly for. As he is being “gutted” in the end, he takes the pain with grace, and the camera zooms in on his face and you can see the pain that he is withholding. In his final words before he is beheaded he yells out not mercy but, “Freedom.” The acting in this movie couldn’t have been better. Mel Gibson has his Scottish accent perfect. He really throws himself into this role. Patrick McGoohan who plays King Edward I does a spectacular job of playing the evil King who doesn’t care about his men at all. Angus McFayden who plays the noble Robert the Bruce, had a key role in portraying Wallace’s best friend and then betraying him. He realized the error of his ways and in the end leads Scotland to victory and finally freedom.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains how longshanks gets almost the entire country of scotland to back him up.
  • Opines that mel gibson has reached an acting pinnacle with braveheart, an epic movie that is loosely based on historic events in scotland.
  • Analyzes how the film covers the life of william wallace from the time he is a small boy, when his father dies, to his own death.
  • Narrates how william is raised by his uncle and learns latin, french, and the manly arts of war. the concerns of his countrymen over english rule take second place to his pursuit of education.
  • Narrates how wallace's lifelong battle against the english to free the people of scotland begins when he is able to organize the villagers to overthrow the local fort.
  • Analyzes how the son's ineptness leads to a full-scale battle that requires the support of the scottish lords, an infighting self-interested bunch of old men.
  • Narrates how wallace finds love again, loses many good friends, and eventually finds peace at the hands of the english interrogators. he is brought before a court and told to confess to treason.
  • Opines that the most graphic torture of all is then he is "gutted" and the torture won’t stop until the victim says, "mercy."
  • Analyzes how the camera zooms out for the initial charge of the armies at one another and the hand to hand combat begins.
  • Analyzes how wallace did a great job acting in the movie and directing it. the camera cuts back to the crowd as wallace is being tortured.
  • Analyzes how the man struggles valiantly for what he is being "gutted" for. he takes the pain with grace and the camera zooms in on his face.
  • Analyzes how king edward i plays the evil king who doesn't care about his men. angus mcfayden played the noble robert the bruce, who betrayed wallace's best friend.
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