Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/30/2012
Braveheart is the (exceedingly tall) story of William Wallace, a man who united the common people of Scotland to rise up against their English oppressors in the 13th century. Of course the historical "facts" vary between the dubious and the ludicrous, particularly those involving the princess of Wales, but I for one am not complaining about having to look at Sophie Marceau. It's easy to pick holes in it's accuracy, but if it were true to real events it probably would be a hell of a lot duller. This film is about rooting for the underdog; cheering on the good guys and booing the bad guys with some fantastically bloody action along the way. Gibson's accent is more Crocodile than Dundee, but he plays the part with just the right mix of charm and humour and has a great supporting cast to …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/24/2011
Mel Gibson has engulfed the Scottish hero William Wallace. Stunning cinematography, an endearing score and brilliant screenplay has made this flick one of the most quoted. Unbelievable action sequences, exquisite props, splendid make-up and believable extras. Mel Gibson a performance that is so engaging, dramatic with a sense of humor. This made the film more realistic in today's CG or effects heavy era. Memorable thought provoking lines: William Wallace - "Every man dies. Not every man really lives." "Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, …
mdtinney - wrote on 05/26/2009
Braveheart is an epic movie that takes a viewer's breath away. The invigorating battle scenes, the incredible acting, and the fierce power of love all captivated me when I first saw this movie. James Horner's music is a masterpiece--it adds elegance and dimension to the magnificent film. Mel Gibson's zealous passion as his character William Wallace is truly an inspiration. Scots are very dignified, highly revered people, and this movie really presented Scotland's pride.Everything in this film was done tastefully. Even the ending, which by the way is heart-wrenching, was done artistically, as Wallace sees his wife during such a traumatizing event. Of course, nothing was better than the rich satisfaction of watching Wallace scream for freedom, freedom and not mercy. This epic film must be …
Ichabod Crane - wrote on 11/17/2008
A grand epic and a good one. Well done battle scenes with a great performance by Patrick McGoohan. Most of the other performances are fine his is just the best. It has good scenery and I liked how it gave out the interesting strategies used by Wallace that helped him win. It is not perfect though because of some historical inaccuracy that bothers some more than others. The other problem is Mel Gibson does stick out like a sore thumb in the film. I think it would have been better if he was just the director and cast someone else in the leading role. I mean he is okay but the lead could have been better, mostly just because he just does not look from that time period he really has the same problem in the Patriot but at least there he does not use and accent.
Pros: Well done action …
Delorted - wrote on 10/25/2007
In Scotland during the thirteenth century, a man named William Wallace (Bruce Willis) led an assault against the British Army for defying the rights of his people. He has gone down in history as the leader of the Wars of Scottish Independence, and his doings have been documented in the Best Picture winning film, "Braveheart."
Gibson directed himself to a merely good performance, which does not differ from every other film he has been in. Catherine McCormack gives a very brief but well done performance as Murron, Wallace’s wife. The rest of the cast gives an average performance, including Patrick McGoohan as King Edward I and Angus Macfadyen in probably the best performance as Robert the Bruce.
The writing seems to gradually progress throughout the film. It starts off rather slow, …
Josh C - wrote on 04/27/2007
One of the best movies ever made. It is both beautiful and inspiring. The acting is great and although I still think they should have hired a teenager to play young Mel Gibson it doesn't take much away. One of the best parts about this movie is the battle scenes. I truly think that Mel Gibson changed the way large battle scenes were directed and his formula of getting up and close and still preserving the scale of the fight is used on most epic battle scenes today.
The main reason this movie is great is the fact he made me really care not only for the characters but the cause. It is nice knowing who is the good and bad guys but still not knowing if it is going to end happy. The result is an entertaining movie that has something to offer for everyone.