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Braveheart (DVD) Review

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Long before The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson directed another
cinematic masterpiece, Braveheart. Filmed against the backdrop of
majestic mountains and rolling meadows, it tells the historically-based
(yet not entirely accurate) story of William Wallace, a common man’s
warrior who led the Scottish people in rebellion against King Edward I,
also known as “Longshanks”. Written by Randall Wallace, an American
tourist fascinated with a Scottish statue of his namesake, the scr...


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Long before The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson directed another
cinematic masterpiece, Braveheart. Filmed against the backdrop of
majestic mountains and rolling meadows, it tells the historically-based
(yet not entirely accurate) story of William Wallace, a common man’s
warrior who led the Scottish people in rebellion against King Edward I,
also known as “Longshanks”. Written by Randall Wallace, an American
tourist fascinated with a Scottish statue of his namesake, the script
collected dust in Hollywood for over a decade before Gibson made the
brilliant decision to put it on the big screen. Just like The Passion,
it’s a decision he would not regret…

Set in the 11th Century, Braveheart catalogues the struggle of Scottish
serfs who labor under the brutal oppression of English occupation forces.
Amidst these terrible conditions, William Wallace (Mel Gibson) falls in
love with Murron MacClannough (Catherine McCormack). Insistent on not
sharing his wife (a proclamation by the king gives local rulers “first-
night rights” to new brides) Wallace secretly marries Murron.
Nevertheless, an English knight assaults her, sparking a fight with
Wallace. Fleeing the village, Wallace believes Murron has escaped and
will soon meet him at a secret rendezvous point. But Murron is captured
and executed by the king’s emissaries.

Angered by his wife’s murder, Wallace instigates a local rebellion,
slaughtering all the king’s loyalists in his village. As his rebellion
grows, a distraught Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) dispatches his fabled
Northern Army to destroy it. But the heroic Wallace delivers a stirring
speech to rouse his men, while deploying an ingenious battlefield trick
to defeat the king’s cavalry.

With the power and legend of Wallace growing day by day, Longshanks
relies on his daughter-in-law, Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau) to
broker a truce. But Isabelle’s power is limited, and Wallace realizes his
people can only win freedom if backed by the Scottish nobles. Their
appointed leader is Robert the Bruce (Angus MacFadyen) who vacillates
between his own idealistic views and his father’s pessimistic pragmatism.
Will the nobles join with Wallace? Will the Scots win their freedom? Only
history tells us the answer…

With elaborate costumes, vivid battle scenes, and a noble hero as its
focal point, Braveheart is more than your typical run-of-the-mill action
movie. Part history, part Hollywood heroism – its timeless idealism
strikes a cord with every viewer. In fact, the movie itself led to a
revival in nationalistic pride that fueled the successful Scottish
independence movement of the 1990s. It’s a testament to the strength and
character of the real life William Wallace. A thousand years later, his
enduring legacy continues to transform the European landscape, and Mel
Gibson captures the noble warrior’s passion with an awe-inspiring Academy
Award-winning masterpiece…

				
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