Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: Braveheart



Watching Braveheart again after all this time, I realize that Mel Gibson was acting out The Passion of the Christ long before he made that movie, especially at the end.

Braveheart tells the story of William Wallace, a hero of 13th century Scotland who, along with Robert the Bruce, is held responsible for Scots independence. There's a good amount of bow and arrow, cavalry and swordfighting battle scenes, and a rather enduring love story. Historical accuracy is somewhat questionable, although I understand that the Scots have adopted this film as representative of Wallace's life.

It's definitely an action movie, and the acting was largely good. If you don't mind the blood and gore - or actually like it - you'd probably enjoy this.

1 comment:

  1. I came across your blog as a result of doing a Google Blog search on 'Braveheart'. Here is an extract from a book by Chris Brown -

    'William Wallace has attracted a great deal of attention from interested enthusiasts, but surprisingly little from historians. Of the several biographies readily available at the time of writing, not one has been written by anyone with a background in medieval history generally, let alone with any scholarly understanding of the society in which Wallace lived. The lack of an understanding of context has led to the easy acceptance of material that is at best questionable and at worst fraudulent. This is most evident in the film Braveheart. Not content with relying on Blind Harry's largely fictitutious poem The Wallace as the sole source of material, the writer, Randall Wallace, simply changed the story to suit a script that made no sort of historical sense and has, in fact, deprived Scottish people of part of their history by effectively undermining the factual material. The benefit of the Braveheart phenomenon is of course the extent to which it has heightened interest in medieval Scotland: an important consideration in a country where there is no viable programme of history in schools. Although Braveheart did help to make Scots more aware of their past, the damage done to our perception of Wallace and of the early period of the Wars of Independence is incalculable. If it is true that a picture paints a thousand words, how damaging is it when the picture is a fantasy?'

    SOURCE:' WILLIAM WALLACE: The True Story of Braveheart' by Chris Brown, page 125, ISBN 0-7524-3432-2.

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