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Monday, 11 October 2010
Financed heavily by Director/Producer/Leading Star Mel Gibson Braveheart is a biopic epic of Scottish warrior William Wallace (Gibson), whose wife (Catherine McCormack) is murdered, which drives him to lead his people in a series of bloody battles against King Edward I (Patrick McGoohan) and England's armies in order to win Scotland's freedom at the turn of the 14th Century, climaxing in the Scots' victory at Stirling, but ending in tears, betrayal and butchery.
Braveheart is a very good quality old-fashioned swashbuckler with passion, vengeance and historical figures, regularly punctuated by small scale and large scale battle sequences that range from thrilling, edge of your seat stuff, to the stomach churningly, throat lumpingly bloody, gory and brutal. The films battle scenes are equally made as wonderful and memorable as they are thanks to the mise-en-scene, which features everything from wide open spaces that truly capture the essence of the Scottish Highlands to a tee; to the costumes and makeup - the tartan and face paint making Gibson and the rest look like true Scots warriors.
Despite the excellent battle sequences, much of the film is made/carried by its cast. Gibson makes Wallace strong, driven and determined, who fights with passion, brutality and not an ounce of fear in his heart; while McGoohan makes King Edward a cold, powerful character unwilling to back down, making the monarch cunning and even spiteful; and the rest of the cast (including Brendan Gleeson, Sophie Marceau, James Robinson, Sean McGinley and Brian Cox) play their characters' roles in the story carefully and passionately, making them engaging and powerful characters.
A truly heartfelt film that is made with passionate gusto, which truly earned those five Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director), and exhibits just how sadistic and cold-hearted people truly can be, as well as the ferocity and passion which drives warriors.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfayden, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Peter Hanly, Ian Bannen, James Cosmo, Catherine McCormack, David O'Hara, Brian Cox, James Robinson.
Oscars: Best Picture (Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety), Best Director (Mel Gibson), Best Cinematography (John Toll), Best Sound Editing (Lon Bender, Per Hallberg), Best Makeup (Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison, Lois Burwell).
Oscar nominations: Best Screenplay (Randall Wallace), Best Editing (Steven Rosenblum), Best Sound Mixing (Andy Nelson, Scot Millan, Anna Behlmer, Brian Simmons), Best Costume Design (Charles Knode), Best Original Score (James Horner).