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Braveheart Movie Review

The movie “?Braveheart” won five Academy Awards in 1995 at the 68th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Directed by Mel Gibson, “Braveheart” is about a war for freedom between the Scottish and English. The plot is based on the life of the protagonist, William Wallace, (played by Mel Gibson) who is single-minded and leads the Scottish army to freedom.
“Braveheart” isn't historically accurate. William Wallace never traveled beyond the borders of Scotland. Also, his troops never took control of York as Randall Wallace (scriptwriter) shows in the film. In fact, his troops only arrived to Cumberland and Northumberland that are in Scotland territory. According to history, Malcolm Wallace, father of William Wallace, was alive when he started a rebellion against England in 1297. However, in Gibson's version, he is murdered by the English in the beginning.
The setting of this film is very attractive. While I was watching it, I felt as if I was in the film -it felt so real and I actually became emotional. The directing and producing teams did a good job scouting locations. The setting made the film look real, true to the period and engaging. The cinematography was also well done. Tracking and dolly shots were frequently used in the film, adding drama and an dramatic sweep to the production. I noticed that William Wallace is consistently positioned from a certain angle that makes it look like he’s always in charge. With that in mind, I will never forget the ;close-up shot; of Wallace, taken from a camera positioned over him while he was being punished. It made me feel emotional because for thefirst time in the film, it made Wallace look so vulnerable.
The acting in the film is amazing and all involved did a great job speaking in the Scottish accent, especially considering the fact that the Scottish accent isn’t easy to master. The acting was so effective, it seemed like I was actually watc…


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