Sunday 22 February 2015


When Braveheart was being shot, one of the film's weary extras reportedly mistook one of Gibson's children on the set for an errand boy, and asked him to bring a cup of tea. Gibson was within earshot, and nodded and whispered to his son, "Go get it." (Source: IMDB)

And Gibson is not just the lead actor in the movie; He is the Director as well as the Producer. This particular incident defines how Mel Gibson could pull this stunt off at his age and that too this convincingly. He plays William Wallace, a historic war hero of Scotland and you never ever question if he needs to be serious while doing so. He adds modern catchphrases and expressions to Wallace and you love it. Although the character development of Wallace could not really take place despite some attempts of a terrorizing past, the viewers can immediately develop a liking for the character; maybe because he is pretty much a practical hero or maybe just because he “kicks some serious ass” in the movie.

On a synoptic level, the movie covers a part history-part myth story of Scotland’s struggle for freedom under Wallace who badly hates Royalty primarily because they kill his lover/ secret wife. But you don’t really get the build-up to feel like the battles really matter so much in spite of it being a 3-hour flick. Maybe the writers just had too much to do. But while doing whatever they had to, they somewhat missed the essence of epic movie-making. The film does not provide the necessary wait during scenes for the situation to sink into the viewer. It simply keeps browsing through shots. For eg. The romance between Wallace and his ill-fated wife Murron does not get established enough so that the viewer comes to believe that her death could potentially give rise to a revolution.

The evil forces at play here, the king of England is dark and sinister as he needs to be and determined to keep alive the name of his dynasty in spite of a homosexual son. Thus, when these anti-polar forces clash, you need to be at the edge of your seats to witness it. It is no doubt an awesome movie with superb soundtrack and flamboyant battle sequences. Just that it is not a 'Lord of the rings' or 'Lawrence of Arabia'.           

Bandwidth Verdict- Watch this awesome (one time watch) movie in the best quality you can get 
                                       your hands on.

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