Genre Grandeur – Braveheart (1995) – Encore Review – MovieRob

scotFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Scottish Films, here’s a review of Braveheart (1995) by me

Thanks again to Gill of WeegieMidget Reviews for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Becky of Film Music Central. We will be reviewing our favorite Cyberpunk Movies.

According Wikipedia

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a future setting that tends to focus on society as “high tech low life” featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as information technology and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Becky!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

braveheart“Every man dies, not every man really lives.” – William Wallace

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Twice in Theater in 1995, Video, DVD, 26 Aug 2000, Feb 2013 and 31 Oct 2013 and 27 Nov 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After his wife is murdered by English troops, a Scottish man begins a rebellion against British oppression.

My Take on it – Many people believe that the fact that most of this movie is pure fiction should detract from it’s impact.

I totally disagree with this stance.

Once it is known that the film is pure fiction, then it should be seen in no way different than many of the thousands of other fictional films made over the past century.

I think that the fact that most people BELIEVE that this film is based on fact and then find out it isn’t is the crux of the issue.

Movies are made to entertain and sometimes educate, but there is no need for it to do both.

This film is expertly filmed and is quite epic in scale.

The battle scenes and the cinematography are done exceptionally well and really help bring us to that time and place where these events (supposedly) took place.

This is one of Mel Gibson’s best roles and best film as director [I have yet to see Hacksaw Ridge (2016)] mainly because it is such an inspiring tale with a very inspirational main character.

The musical score by James Horner is superb and I can listen to it over and over without getting tired of it.

This may not be the Best Picture of 1995 and Apollo 13 (1995) should have won IMHO, but it is still an amazing film to watch and is very close to being the best of that year.

Bottom Line – Amazingly epic story based on very little fact, but nevertheless quite enjoyable to watch. One of Gibson’s best roles because the story and character are so inspiring to watch.  Some of the best battle scenes ever filmed.  Amazing musical score by James Horner that I can listen to over and over. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Its Oscar win was the only award it won for “Best Picture” (no other award or critic group named it the best film of the year).  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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