Braveheart is a directorial debut of the Mel Gibson which he starred himself set in the 13th century features the life of William Wallace, a Scottish patriot who together with Robert the Bruce tried to unify the people to fight for their freedom from the English who were taking their lands and oppressed them. All throughout the movie, accounts of how William experienced the tyranny of the English were shown which contributed to his great desire for freedom. This movie does not only show want for freedom but also demonstrates emotions of love. It is an epic movie slightly based on a the true story that capture the true feelings of the oppressed in their fight for freedom from tyranny and it shares this feelings to the audience. This movie is one of those legendary movies that successfully leaves a mark of the story to its viewers.
Basically, the movie is revolves around the story of William Wallace who rose as an ordinary person, not even a noble, to lead his countrymen to be freed from tyranny of the English noblemen. William felt the misery of losing a father and a brother from the English when as child they were killed by the English. When he returned to Scotland from being schools by her Uncle he again experienced the same when watched his wife being molested and killed by them while being accused of treason from the English. Another heartbreaking experienced for him was when he was betrayed by his owned countryman in exchange for loyalty, properties and position. However, even if he has experience being betrayed by his own, he didn’t stop challenging those who remain loyal to him to fight for their rights and freedom as he said “You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do without freedom? Will you fight? Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live, at least awhile. And dying in your beds many years from now, will you be willing to trade all the days from this day til that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemy that they may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom”. (Gibson, 1995b)
As a leader, who led his countrymen, he treats the cause of what they are doing as the most important goal and setting aside his personal needs. This shows the amount of determination he has to achieve their goal which can be conveyed to the audience through various scenes in the movie. As a native who has exceptional experience he sets as an example to his compatriots. This is in contrast to the King of England, Edward of Longshanks as he was successfully portrayed in the movie as a cruel and greed leader who lures his followers by giving them material things. He tries to control his people by giving them strong grip that if anyone doesn’t obey his commands, they are bound for physical harm. In addition, he was successfully portrayed in the movie as an emotion less person, while William as a compassionate one through several scenes.
Part of the success of the movie is attributed to the good coherence of the movie elements used to successfully convey the messages to the audience. The movie’s plot and story is well researched resulting to an emotionally captivating and almost perfect movie. It successfully mixes the emotions of love, vengeance and hatred. How the story was presented is another factor that contribute much. At the early stage, William has been presented as a capable fighter when he was showed playing games with Hamish. This has given hint to the audience that when he becomes a man, he is capable of doing something. A prediction that romance will be part of the movie can also be gleaned from the start when his reaction to Murron, his future wife, was given emphasis. This scenes also showed his ancestry, thereby, eradicate assumptions of ignorance to the Scottish culture because he was raised in other countries later on in the movie.
The choice of scenes and sceneries are well done properly conveying to the audience the actual scenery years ago when the story actually happened. The Scottish locations played a big part in delivering the correct emotions to the viewers together since it adds to the trueness of the story since the Scottish landscapes can’t be easily found in any part of the world. The scenes post great emotions especially the battle scenes. These are perfectly complimented by the sound effects used like the thumping of horse hooves and clashing of weapons during battle scenes as they add up to the emotions of the viewers and arose visual stimutaion. The movie’s cinematographer also used subdue lightings and colors that added to the impression that this movie is not going to be a happy movie. In some scenes, like the secret marriage of Murron and Wallace, proper lightning were used to depict that the scene is actually happening in a dark forest but the faces of the subjects with their underlying emotions can still be clearly seen. The characters of the movie perfectly showed the right emotion carrying their plea for freedom with the audience. Numerous close-up scenes were very useful to further enhance the emotions and see the emotions of the characters carrying away with them their viewers. This makes the movie cross genres as there are heavy actions and heavy dramas making the story dig into the audience. In other words totality of the effects used in the movie, including the customes and appearances of the characters and were essential part of its success.
The casting for the movie is rightly done adding to the strength of the movie as a seeker of freedom. It rightly shows the features of the real Scottish people. Props used and the dresses rightly matches the scenes. An example of these are battlefield scenes where the people wore the Scottish tunic.
Braveheart is successful in awakening the feeling of being oppressed and the effort and misery people took just to be freed from tyranny. An audience will automatically connect the story as it is well matched. These are some of the reasons why it has emerged as one of the most awarded films including best picture.
Gibson, M. (Producer & Director). (1995b). They will never take our freedom. Braveheart. [Motion Picture]. USA: Paramount. Retrieved from http://movieclips.com/TE7V-braveheart-movie-they-will-never-take-our-freedom/