Braveheart

What is Braveheart about?

After centuries of English oppression, a skirmish begins that eventually leads to a war for Scottish independence led by the rebel William Wallace.  As a child his father is lured into a meeting where he is murdered by the subordinates of the King of England Edward Longshanks.  Wallace is taken away by his uncle and returns as a grown man with his only intentions being to farm crops and raise a family.  However, tragic events drives him to take action against English rule and seal his name in history as a legend of Scotland.

Directed by Mel Gibson.  Starring Mel Gibson, Brendan Gleeson, Tommy Flanagan, Brian Cox and Sophie Marceau.

 

 

What is the one thing that motivates me with Braveheart?

I’d love to be William Wallace.  I think anyone would.  Although the circumstances that made him who he was were terrible and I don’t really wish them upon myself.

In this interpretation of Wallace, he is able to read and write, which at this point in history is rare.  But not only that he can speak multiple languages most likely as a result of his being well traveled.  Another rarity for his time and upbringing.

He seems to be well studied in warfare, philosophy and politics.

All these traits would have taken much time and effort considering the period the movie was set in.  I find motivation in his dedication, astuteness and assertiveness.  Plus, he’s not afraid to wield a 6 foot sword around at English infantry.

 

What is my favorite scene?  Why?

Without a doubt, the first battle that the Scots win at Stirling.  Mostly due to William Wallace ingenuity with producing long spears for the battle to target and prove the English cavalry ineffective.  The scene is also most memorable before the battle when Wallace and his posse of trusted companions arrive with their blue painted war faces.  

Lastly, the speech given to the Scottish army by Wallace is most endearing and really rallies his countrymen to stand up for their freedom.

 

What this movie’s famous line?

William Wallace played by Mel Gibson

“I am William Wallace!  And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny.  You’ve come to fight as free men.  And free men you are.  What will you do with that freedom?  Will you fight?………….

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, but they’ll never take our freedom!  Alba gu bràth!”

 

What do the critics think?

Who cares.

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