Rob Roy (1995)


“To these men, the truth is but a lie undiscovered.” – Mary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Scottish clan chief enters into a dispute with a nobleman and his nephew which causes war between the Clan and the government.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years but never really got around to it.

Being that Tim Roth was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role, I decided to finally watch it and see what it was all about.

This film came out one month prior to the release of Braveheart (1995) and will forever be compared to it due to some of the similar themes between the two films.

If both films wouldn’t have been made at the same time, this film could possibly be better perceived but being as it may, there is no way to not compare the two films.

Liam Neeson is ok in the lead here but the performance that he gives just isn’t as powerful as one would expect or hope for from this kind of story.

Jessica Lange is completely underused here which is a bit of a shame.

The showiest role of this film is that of Roth, who definitely excels here as the despicable villain.

The story itself just doesn’t feel original enough and instead it seems as if it’s just going through the motions most of the time.

Bottom Line – Good idea that might be much better perceived if it hadn’t been made at the same time as Braveheart (1995). Neeson is ok in the lead but doesn’t manage to bring such a powerful performance as one would expect.  Lange is underused here which is a bit of a shame. The showiest part is given to Roth who excels as the despicable villain of the film.  The story itself doesn’t feel original enough and just doesn’t work as well as one would hope it could.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Montrose’s line bemoaning the Queen’s lack of an heir is a reference to her seventeen pregnancies, which resulted in six miscarriages, six stillbirths, two children who lived only a few minutes after birth, a daughter who didn’t see her first birthday, another who didn’t see her second, and a son, William, Duke of Gloucester, who died a few days after turning eleven, two years before Anne’s ascension to the throne. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “Rob Roy (1995)

  1. We disagree again. I’m guessing that NOT seeing this film on a big screen took a lot out of it. I did see it that way when it came out (and for the record – same with Braveheart – which I loved). I thought Rob Roy was terrific – also based on a real character (like William Wallace in Braveheart). The vistas of the Scottish highlands etc. were quite stunning on screen. Unlike you – I thought that Neeson was very good in the title role – stoic and a leader put through some horrendous situations. Lange was EXCELLENT – and as one of the lone female characters of any note – even with limited screen time – I thought she shone in the role and the chemistry between her and Neeson (for me) was palpable. Her rape scene and it’s aftermath were beautifully played. Roth WAS a standout – superb. His speech to his spurned lover about finding a crone with a twig was mesmerizing – and his climatic sword fight with Neeson at the end was one for the ages. No need for me to compare Rob Roy to Braveheart – since I love both.

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