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Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)

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ArmandFancypants wrote:Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)
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ArmandFancypants wrote:Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)
In all seriousness, you should be banned from this website and the internet in general.

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ArmandFancypants wrote:Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)
This should be in the controversial opinions thread

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ArmandFancypants wrote:Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)
Worse than Passion of the Christ?
Braveheart is at worst; a silly war film that's pretty fun.

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CoolwhipSpecial wrote:
ArmandFancypants wrote:Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)
In all seriousness, you should be banned from this website and the internet in general.
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Threshold wrote:
ArmandFancypants wrote:Braveheart (1995)
Dir. Mel Gibson

A daft cartoon. Comfortably Gibson's worst film. A textbook case for how you can strip all the intrigue and complexity out of a real scenario and wind up with a 3-hour Death Wish with silly costumes. Randall Wallace is basically the worst.

Even McGoohan struggles. That's a sign of how bad your film is because that guy could work miracles (see: Ice Station Zebra)
Worse than Passion of the Christ?
Braveheart is at worst; a silly war film that's pretty fun.
Passion of the Christ is a perspective or interpretation of something with at least an attempt to be authentic.

Braveheart is aggressively stupid film with ludicrous unmotivated villains like McGoohan and Bannen, it's basically completely and utterly racist but I guess that's OK because I'm not sure why, and absolutely no shades of gray. Like, even when they embark on the imaginary sack of York nobody even turns around to Wallace and says "Hey, maybe you're becoming like them" or "This is also wrong" it's just like "Nah, suck shit English people you deserve it because Edward I is the Medieval Hitler." This approach is terrific if you want to make a film about Robin Hood or Jedi Knights and other fantastical shit, or even if you're conjuring up fictional characters in a real scenario like the similarly simplistic Gladiator, but not when this is supposed to be ostensibly a portrait of a moment in time where men stood up for their independence and freedom.

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I'm no strong supporter of the film, though I do like it. The problem with that analysis is how you miss the ultimate point and purpose behind the conception of the film. It's meant to evoke the feel of a mythic old tale, the kind told over kegs of ale at a warm campfire or pub. Unlike other historical epics, Braveheart isn't attempting anything particularly literal. It's deliberately reductive and binary. Simple? Maybe. Repetitive? Sure. But you can hardly smite a film on those grounds alone. Gibson modeled it after a poem for christ sake.


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