Braveheart Movie Review

Braveheart Movie Review. Epic medieval movie about Scottish fight for independence. Mel Gibson as William Wallace in the legendary movie. Medieval movie reviews.

Braveheart was a historical drama war film released in the year 1995 directed and starred with Mel Gibson. Gibson played the role of William Wallace who was the 13th century Scottish warrior. He was the one who led the Scots in the first war of Scottish independence against King Edward I of England. The story is taken from a poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant CampiounSchir William Wallace written by Blind Harry. Randall Wallace chose the film to be a screenplay.

Braveheart Movie Review
In the year 1280, King Edward I Longshanks of England invaded Scotland and conquered and won the battle by killing the king of Scotland. William Wallace is being young was taken to Rome by his Uncle Argyle. When William returned to Scotland, he fell in love with his childhood friend Murron MacClannough. Longshanks had granted a privilege to the lords in the country to have sex with the female on her wedding night. Because of this, William and Murron marry secretly so that she does have to spend a night in the bed of some English lord.

One of the English lords killed William’s wife due to which he beings the fight. Other people also join him and together they dethrone the lord. Another small group joins the group of William who wishes to get freedom. William wishes the entire Scotland to be free of the rule of the lord. The nobles of Scotland think that what William wants is impossible. Therefore, they do not provide support for him in the next battle. However, William stills lead his trip to York, a city in England.

The movie got positive reviews from the critics. It was even nominated for 10 Academy Awards and it won 5 of them. There are some actions in the movie that are neither taken from the history or from the Poem that inspired the movie.

The Braveheart movie has a natural and epic battles in Hollywood style however there are many inaccuaracies in the movie.

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Breaveheart movie fiction vs. historical reality

Braveheart movie starts in 1280, with the king of Scots dead and Edward I having invaded Scotland and claiming the throne for himself
In reality, King of Scots Alexander III was still alive and well in 1280.

Wallace’s father Malcolm was killed in the beginning of the movie.
Actually his name was Alan Wallace, not Malcolm and he was executed in 1306, after death of William.

Prima nocte law in Scotland – this is a pure fiction invented by Hollywood.

Murron romance-Wallace attacking Englishmen after murder of his bellowed Murron in the movie. Wallace had a realation to Marion Braidfute, there is no evidence of a secret wedding nor her murder. The romance is a Hollywood fiction to make the movie more attractive.

Craig, Lachlan and Mornay (Scottish nobles) are fictional characters. Hamish and Irish king in the Wallace army are a next fiction.

Wallace and Princess Isabella romance – this is a next pure fiction. Princess was 5 years old at that time.

York siege-in the movie York city is captured by Wallace and brothe of king is decapitated. Actually, Wallace never attacked the city of York.

Robert Bruce fiction in movie: Robert Bruce is pictured as puppet in hands of his leproid father. Actually Robert was capable to do his own decision and his father was not leproid.  He also died before Wallace arrest so he has nothing to do with the betrayal pictured in the movie. Robert Bruce also never accepted his crown from hands of Edward I as seen in the movie.

Edward I-Edward never attempted to bribe Wallace. He died during execution of William Wallace in the movie. This is a next nonsence. King Edward I died 2 years later.

5 Responses to Braveheart Movie Review

  1. Braveheart is a great movie. I have seen it years ago but i still remember the awesome battles.

    Mike Dever September 26, 2013 at 11:55 am Reply
  2. Wallace was not captured in Edinburgh but somewhere around Glasgow. Still not bad movie.

    Sandra Mara September 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply
  3. Braveheart was awesomely made movie. It was totally different experience when they made it. Of course you are right. Hollywood has no problem to totally ignore history to make the movie more suitable.
    This is a common American problem. They have no medieval history so their movie directors can tell them any nonsence without risk.
    from Louis, Paris

    Louis September 27, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply
  4. Braveheart movie has maybe the most epic medieval battles i ever seen.

    TBW October 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply
  5. Mel Gibson was great in the movie. This is still far the best medieval movie i ever seen.

    Tucker October 26, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

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