Braveheart (1995) (mini-review++)

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(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Braveheart (1995)

acting 8

directing 9

effects 9

editing 8

writing 8

SW SCORE: 42

4.2 out of 5 🐙

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It’s hard to imagine that a movie where the hero dies at the end is so triumphant and satisfying. But all props to Mel Gibson. He was at the height of his powers, radiating charisma. And, oh yeah, he directed the haggis out of this awesome David and Goliath military banger. Who doesn’t love a righteous rebellion? And with all due respect to George C. Scott’s legendary motivational speech in Patton, William Wallace’s exultation (speech is just too tepid a word) on horseback (and you all know it) is the best cinematic military rallying cry ever.

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Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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