Braveheart Analysis

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1st/2nd Period 12-19-12 Braveheart Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson tells the tale of William Wallace, a Scottish commoner who becomes not only the leader of a rebellion but also the face of a new independent country. Mel Gibson both directed and starred in the movie alongside Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan who's influential characters created a lifelike portrayal of a time of war and unpredictability. The combination of a star-studded cast, experienced director, unique musical score, and unforgettable ending create this masterpiece. The main actors, Gibson, Marceau, McGoohan, committed to their roles as William Wallace, liberator of Scotland, Princess Isabelle, Wallace's lover, and King Edward, traitor to Wallace, in such a distinct way that they created a realistic story that kept its audience hungry for the next scene. Gibson's impact on the story was both on and off the screen. He played his role as William Wallace very well because he not only looked the part, but also provided the audience with convincing battle cries, a Scottish accent, and historically accurate battles which had huge amounts of soldiers. Both Marceau and McGoohan aided Wallace throughout the movie whether it was diplomatic or militarily. Princess Isabelle played a convincing lover to ill-fated Wallace and helped the Scottish man escape danger while King Edward was a foil of the man who brought out Wallace's heroic qualities as England ravaged the Scottish countryside. Mel Gibson's directing abilities created a very unique and scenic artistic appeal. From the beginning of the movie, Wallace is given a sentimental memento by his lover that is killed by the English. Wallace holds dearly to this handkerchief he receives and this keeps his mercy intact which allows him to see the horrors of war but at the same time the beauty of the land. The battles were shot in a large,

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