There is a famous proverbwhich is “give me liberty or give me death”. Liberty, in another word, it means”freedom”.
Before I watched the film “Brave heart”, my understanding of freedomwas very simple. I just thought as long as people could have a full stomach, aslong as they could obey the will of rulers, they could also have a happy life.However, there are always some people who don?t like it. They don’t want to be slaves. So, they rose in revolt to obtain freedombecause they believe firmly it belongs to everyone and nobody can take it awayexcept the god. The hero of this film is called William Wallace.
He is thegreat leader of Scotland. He led Scottish fight with English in order to obtainfreedom. The most touching and affecting scene isthat at the last moment of his life, enduring inconceivable torture, WilliamWallace exhausts himself to shout out: “Freedom!” to the boundless sky and thepeople. At the gate of paradise, his beloved wife—Murron is waiting for hiscoming. His brave heart wins everything, including the heart of Murron, themost elegant heart of Princess of England (played by Sophie Marceau) and thecountless people’s hearts.
Through the dignified ablution of blood, all theburden and hardship are released from his respectable and noble soul. Supportedand encouraged by William Wallace’s eternal spirit, at the great expense ofcountless precious lives, Scotland wins her freedom. People who have seen this film will neverforget when William Wallace’s strong voice “Freedom!” echoes in minds of theentire human race; the sky of Scotland emerges in our eyes. A wonderful moviecan hit people’s hearts, however this time, not with beautiful scenes orgorgeous actors and actress, but with the pursuit of love and freedom inpeople’s hearts.In times of anguish, we can find solace in art.A great movie can always offer you some kind of power to face your own problem.And this one did a good job.
It brings us a tough hero, William Wallace?leader of the Scottish resistance forces against England”srule. Although he is dead at last, his spirit had led his people to fight andget freedom. This meaningful work has touched so many hearts by itssignificance theme and content.
The theme of this work can mainly be seenover the growing image of William Wallace. First, we see his childhood. Hisfather was killed by the English intruder, which may definitely leave a scar onhis heart. With this great hatred, when he saw his wife killed by the enemies,everything stuck deep down his heart was released all of a sudden withmagnificent power. So, in the fighting scene, we see a warrior dared his lifewaving the sword. It is a common wonder where his courage is from. Let’s say,if it is an ordinary person, who lost his parents since he’s very young, he maynot have the conviction to grow up as a hero. However, heroes are as heroesare.
Wallace’s revolution was significant, seen from many aspects, with greatobstacles from his countrymen, as well as enemies. ManyScottish nobles lent him only grudging support as most of them were moreconcerned with wealth and titles than the freedom of the country. In fact, theScottish leaders are in favor of revolt-or not-depending on English bribes.Wallace, by comparison, is a man of honor, incorruptible and righteous.
He wasknighted and proclaimed “guardian and high protector of Scotland”? but as much as he railed against the Scottish nobles,submitted to Edward I, King of England, he was astonished and in shock todiscover the treachery of the leading Scot contender for the throne-Robert, theEarl of Bruce-to whom he confided, “The people would follow you, if you wouldonly lead them.” Sophie Marceau is exquisite as the distressed princessIsabella of France who ends up falling in love with Wallace, warning him out ofseveral traps. Catherine McCormack is a stunning beauty who ignites Wallace’srevolution. Patrick McGoohan is chilling, brutal, and vicious as the ruthlessEdward I, known by the nickname “Long shanks.” This king remains simply theembodiment of evil. While Angus McFadyen moves as a nobleman torn between hisconscience and political aspiration, and Brendan Gleeson brings strength andhumor to his role as the robust Hamish, David O” Hara is very effective as thecrazy Irishman who provides much of the film’s comic relief from even the mosttensed moments. Mel Gibson has reason to be proud of this work.
It is a motionpicture that dares to be excessive… Gibson presents passionately the mostspaciously impressive battles (yet staged for films) even excessively, and itis his passion and excess that make the motion picture great. The horror andfutility of massed hand-to-hand combats are exciting rather repulsive. It isepic film-making at its glorious best. This movie focuses on the human side ofWallace, a character that is so immense, so intelligent, and so passionate,exploring the definitions of honor and nobility, pushing us to follow the herointo his struggle against injustice and oppression.
And this is the power of ahero.