Robert the Bruce (2019)
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Cannot recommend this movie highly enough. If you haven't seen it so far, why not?
Don't expect massive battle scenes however there are more than enough technical encounters to keep everyone happy. So Good
I will probably watch it a few times more.
Sadly, it also accurately portrays how money can make kinsmen turn on kinsmen. A sad fact that remains today in the divided nation of Scotland.
Be wary of the one star reviews, many are from British Unionists intent on damaging anything that remotely promotes the idea and dream of a free, independent, Scotland.
The dialogue was clearly written but a tourist who had spent a fortnight in Scotland, being force fed shortbread haggis on a permanent Highland Bus Tour. Nearly every word that was said by the loyal family left The Bruce staring into the heather wondering whether these were the exact words that would reenergise his fight for Freedom!
If David Brent was a 14th century freedom fighting Scot, he would be hard pushed to come up with a more uncomfortable rallying speech that battered us all at the end.
The Bruce The Bruce The Pub The Pub!
Unconvincing lead - jaded and you could see him trying to be profound, but it was like watching what 1st year drama student think is profound.
This film will disappoint those who crave battle scenes as much as those who demand historical accuracy; it depicts the complex psychology of the times with subtle dialogue and the close examination of intimate relationships between fictional characters, rather than chart the course of events. It is intense and engaging, and uses acting not action to tell the story, which concerns only that bit of the legend immediately after the spider and before banishment of the English, when the Bruce is struggling with demons and the rest of the characters dealing with issues of betrayal, resentment and loss.
The release of this film comes at a crucial moment in Scottish history. It is already despised and written off by opponents of Scottish independence as propaganda, criticised for its alleged historical inaccuracy and sentimentality. The director is after all a prominent supporter of Scottish independence and felt that his film would help the cause. In this context, it has already strayed into Scotland's most disputed territory. Viewed with an open mind, it is nevertheless a fascinating portrayal of how actual people in an actual situation might behave and relate to each other.
The acting is pretty good, although one or two accents did not quite make the grade, and there was some mumbling. Impressive work in the children's roles and very good camera work to bring horses deep inside the drama.
Go see it!
Bits of the film reminded me of old westerns like High Noon or 3:10 to Yuma, there's a showdown coming and the odds are against you but you have to fight regardless. It was good to see Angus back in the role of Bruce seems fitting and if they ever do a Bannockburn movie I'd want him back in the role.
The story line is tangent, dull and not engaging in the slightest, yet still bumbles along for two hours! I was ready to leave after the first 10 minutes, but stuck it out in case it got any better. It did not.
The many non Scottish actors' accents got laughably worse as the movie continued, but by that time this spider had given up all hope.