January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #17 of the 49.
Let’s continue with…
“Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it.” – Malcolm Wallace
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the thetaer when it came out and was blown away by the epic scale of it all, especially the battles. The story is quite emotional depsite it not following history as truthfully as one might hope.
Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Twice in Theater in 1995, Video, DVD, 26 Aug 2000, Feb 2013, 31 Oct 2013, 27 Nov 2016, 23 Jul 2020 and 11 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A Scottish farmer helps lead a rebellion against England in order to win his country’s freedom.
My Take on it – Such a powerful story that resonates so well.
Mel Gibson creates a very vivid look and feel of Scotland 600 years ago and brings it to life before our eyes.
The special effects are superbly done and they enhance the story because it adds so much to the realism of it all.
The characters are developed well and we get a look at the external and internal politics of the time which dictated much of what would transpire on the battlefield.
The film might be very far from being historically accurate, yet they still allow the viewer to get a feel for the freedom that all of these people yearned for at the time.
Sophie Marceau is great as the French/British princess and her character’s sub plot adds so much to the way that the story and the various political motivations play out.
Patrick McGoohan is also great as the ruthless British Monarch who wishes to keep his kingdom intact even if he must fight for it.
The music by James Horner is quiet moving and helps the story flow in some great ways.
It won Best Picture and Director even if it wasn’t the very best film of the year.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When asked by a local why the Battle of Stirling Bridge was filmed on an open plain, Gibson answered that “the bridge got in the way”. “Aye,” the local answered. “That’s what the English found.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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