Movies: Braveheart and Outlaw King

Braveheart and Outlaw/King aren’t fantasies, you say? Any movie featuring woad AND kilts together, and any movie featuring exclusively fire arrows at night, is a work of fantasy as far as I am concerned. Also there are lots of stabbings.

Hillbilly Highways

I should really cover more history here.  The history of the Scots-English border region is the history of hillbillies.

Netflix’s recently released Outlaw/King starring Chris Pine spurred me to finally pick up my old review copy of Michael Penman’s Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots.  I haven’t gotten very far, but Penman’s book is focused on the Bruce’s reign after Bannockburn, so William Wallace appears relatively early.  And I can’t read about William Wallace without pulling out Braveheart.  I took advantage of needing to grade a giant stack of essays to watch Outlaw/King and rewatch Braveheart.

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Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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5 Responses to Movies: Braveheart and Outlaw King

  1. John Boyle says:

    Woad AND Kilts in the same movie?
    Volleys of Fire Arrows at night?

    OK, you’re right. Those movies are fantasies.
    Pretty good ones, though.

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  2. Martin Diers says:

    Well, that may be, but Outlaw/King was vastly more historical than Braveheart. Not a kilt or bagpipe in sight.

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  3. Daniela Ark says:

    Every single time I watch this movie (I’ve re-watched it many times because I love it lol!) or read an article about it, I can’t help it! But I always remember why a Scottish friend of mine hates it: because they had picked an American actor with an Australian accent to play this movie! LMAO! And I have to say when I watch… let’s say a movies about a Colombian figure played by, let’s say… an Spaniard actor with a very distinct Spaniard accent or… (insert here any possible Hispanic combination) 🙂 I did ruin the experience for me!

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    • H.P. says:

      I wouldn’t mind all the movies with non-southerners playing characters from the U.S. South if any of them could pull off a decent southern accent.

      Looking back on Braveheart is weird. It was this incredible breath of fresh air at the time, but now I look at it and I see a great movie, yes, but also one that always takes the lazy Hollywood road. And Hollywood is so careless with history that I can’t even generally muster the energy to complain.

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