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Braveheart Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

In case you want to feel old, Braveheart is almost 25 years old, and it's making its way to 4K UHD for the first time, meaning you can see all the blood splatter and mayhem in super high definition (along with all the moments the characters hit redshirts with the handle-end of their axes, oops). The movie still looks fantastic.

Braveheart to this day remains one of my favorites. While some of the scenes between William Wallace and the French princess and a few others drag things down a bit, the movie still boasts some impressively staged action and battle sequences and strong performances by Gibson and others. While I probably would have selected Apollo 13 as Best Picture (or Seven, which wasn't nominated), Braveheart is still one of my most watched films.

Just to embarass myself, below is my original review, written when I was in junior high. I clearly loved it even more back in the day and found not a single fault:

Braveheart is one of the most compelling, well-done movies of the century. Braveheart is realistic and mesmerizing, based on real history and real characters. The movie is supported by many unknowns, all who do a superb job, and Mel Gibson. Though well-known in Hollywood, Gibson delivers raw, extraordinary acting and directing skills, his best movie yet. Braveheart's cinematics and musical score flow with the film as if they were apart of real life. The battle scenes are breathtaking and bloody, the romance ensuing. Braveheart is an excellent movie and it deserved every one of the Academy Awards is received.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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