Braveheart

So there have been at least six specific times in my movie watching life that I have encountered a person who has not yet seen the movie "Braveheart". Usually as soon as they hesitantly shake their heads "no" I immediately start throwing out dates and times for them to be able to pick through and come over ASAP to watch it. This happened yet again this week to a person I really have never even met.

I am to the point of almost complete memorization of the dialogue and lines. The movie is perfectly scripted in my mind as to what specific shot and action will follow the previous. I gain pure enjoyment out of watching the person's subtle facial expressions change as the film progresses.

I have determined that I do not feel this strongly about many if any other films. Some of my other favorites such as Brazil, La Femme Nikita, Shaun of the Dead, Lonesome Dove, etc etc...I don't feel people must see or I don't immediately start trying to figure out when or where we can watch it before the world unexpectedly ends or something.

Could it be that Braveheart is my favorite all time movie? I hesitate to consider it as such...it just feels cliche or over liked. I feel something more abstract and less known should be a filmmakers favorite movie. But no...I think it is safe to say that Braveheart is my favorite movie of all time to date.

I love Gibson's poetic cinematography and well choreographed battles. I love the intensity and passion Gibson puts into his films(The Passion of the Christ, Man Without a Face, and now Apocalypto). I love the change of Wallace from boy to man to love to loss to warrior to betrayed and lastly to martyr. I love the ending where Wallace lays down everything with unyielding fury and determination. To his last breathe he is a man who stood against many and never compromised. I love the grittiness and filth of the world. Every aspect of the world is muddy and dirty yet the scenery and landscape is breathe takingly beautiful.

Some of my favorite scenes are when they have killed his wife and Wallace rides into the village with his hands above his head and then WAMMO! I also really like the scene where Wallace is hunting in the woods and he is almost assassinated before Steven saves his life, "I didn't like him anyway. He wasn't right...in the head."

Another great scene is when he is laying on the stone table, intestines out and he looks over and sees his dead wife walking through the crowd...and he smiles.

Yeah...it is my favorite movie of all time. I have never made such a bold statement as to say this movie is the best or worst. But the most impactful movie in the land of Shea would have to be...yep you guessed it.

I would love to hear what your all time most impactfully, must see, changed your perspective, uplifting, massively favorite movie is. It is ok if everyone likes it.

Reviewed by: shea
2 Comment(s)
I have to agree with you there. One of the best movies of all time. I married my wife with the intention of legally forcing her to watch it but I have failed so far. Can you talk to her?
Wade said...
Yeah, Braveheart is a classic, 100% agreed. Like you, my brother had a good portion of the dialogue memorized through college because of how frequently he watched it.

"I have dispatched 100 men. They will be returning now."
"Were they dressed like this?"
[pause]
"It was more like 50."

"I could crush you...like a wurrm."

Yeah...classic.