Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects.~Jeremy Beday
I know that Mel Gibson isn’t exactly someone people want to talk about these days due to his past personal issues, but I have to admit that this film is a reminder of why he was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Not only doe he do a great job acting here, this is also his directorial debut and while “Braveheart” may be one of the most historically inaccurate films ever made, it is a great and epic work of fiction that happens to be very loosely based on a true story. In short, it’s still a lot of fun.
This had been my first time watching Braveheart, and I was very impressed. It provides a great story, coupled with a lot of action, that shows the struggle of a people fighting for their freedom! Kudos!
This is the type of epic that can have a nearly three hour run time and not feel quite that long. I love Gibson's performance. Historical accuracies (or lack of) aside. This is a mesmerizing movie to behold.
Great movie. Looks better than my original DVD. This technology hobby is costing me a lot of money to keep re-buying movies I already had but needed to get them in the latest format (VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, HD-DVD, BLU-Ray DVD, Ultra 4K DVD, streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, AppleTV).