Monday, February 15, 2010

#51 Braveheart - Mel Gibson portrays Christ...

1995. dir. Mel Gibson, starring Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, Angus Macfadyen.

Seen it before? not ever in its entirety until now.

Braveheart is a movie that many are calling a modern classic. It's story (a tad more fictionalized than reality - the baby in real life was not Wallace's) and the ages of the real people don't match with the romanticized version of the movie. So what IS the story about? Some would say eros. Love for ones country. Love for another person. The quest for self preservation when people are being oppressed. You could see it with Wallace (Gibson's character) - he lost his brother and father and was taken in by his uncle Argyle who showed him a love of things beyond revenge: arts, languages, life - all of which allowed him to open his heart up to love and find love with Murron. While courting her he told her father that he was not a fighter but a lover (not in so many words but you see where I'm going with this) but his love for her caused him to see the love for his country that was there before but hadn't manifested itself in the form that the rest of the movie circles around - the historical events that led Scotland away from the oppression of England. When Wallace has his dreams throughout the film you see the pain of the love and what it leads him to do.

Was it a good movie? Actually it was a pretty visually stunning movie. The story was full bodied and the characters realistic (though romanticized)
Would I see it again? Only if I really want to spend a few hours in front of the other words, there are better things to do.
Worst part? Mel Gibson...great director...terrible Scottish accent!

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