Braveheart

Data
Title: Braveheart
Year: 1995
Length: 177 minutes
Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Randall Wallace
Starring: Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, Angus Macfadyen, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, David O’Hara
Music: James Horner
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Best Sound Effects Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Sound; currently #90 on IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a Medieval farmer leads a revolt after his wife is killed
How I saw it: on video several times, most recently (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Bad. You could skip any random portion of the movie, and if you hadn’t seen it before, you wouldn’t know anything was missing.
Characters: Bad.
Dialog: Bad.
Pacing: Terrible.  Slooowwww-mmmmmooooooooo…
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Indifferent.
Music: Bad.
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh). I just don’t get it. Okay, there are some great action scenes, but those are just a tiny portion of the movie. Why do so many people love this stuff? Is it because it comes to a grinding halt every few minutes for a shot of Mel Gibson posing heroically against a majestic backdrop? That’s it, isn’t it?
Objective Rating: 4/10 (Eh) 1.8/4 (Eh).

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