MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#37 of 49) – The Patriot (2000) – Encore Review 2


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 #37 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“[explaining to his church why he is marching off to war] A shepherd must tend his flock. And at times… fight off the wolves.” – Reverend Oliver

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this is the theater Opening week and was amazed at how the story unfolds even if it isn’t based on real truth.

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater 13 Jul 2000, Video, DVD, 19 Jan 2015, 28 Jul 2019 and 23 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A widowed farmer during the days leading up to the American revolution tries to keep his family together despite the impending war.

My Take on it – Such a powerful action story that is able to include so much emotion in all that it does.

Mel Gibson is perfect in the lead role and is able to show tenderness or a ferocious nature when necessary.

The story is far from being base don reality, yet it does bring a whole new way of looking at the Battles of the Revolution between the Colonists and the British troops.

The musical score by John Williams is extremely patriotic and works so well in raising the level of patriotism and emotion throughout.

The special effects are superbly integrated into the story and add so much to the realism of these battles.

The supporting cast is also great with Chris Cooper, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs and Tom Wilkinson adding so much to the story.

The action scenes are choreographed really well and work so well here.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When teaching Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger how to shoot a muzzle-loading rifle, technical advisor Mark Baker gave them the advice to “aim small, miss small”, meaning that if you aim at a man and miss, you miss the man, while if you aim at a button (for instance) and miss, you still hit the man. Gibson liked this bit advice so much, he incorporated it into the movie, just prior to the ambush scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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