Mandy Bingham December 29, 2011
AP World History Mr. Keiler
Film Review Project: Braveheart
For my second movie, I decided to watch the 1995 film directed by Mel Gibson, Braveheart. After watching this movie, I started to notice that the film-maker, who was also the main character in the movie, was very courageous and fought for everything he wanted. The film-maker thought it was very wrong for evil rulers to rule unfairly against the poor people, since this movie mainly depicts poor Scottish men fighting against the English King, Edward I. I believe that the film-maker wanted the poor people to win a beat the over powering English men: siding with the so called “underdogs” of the movie.
Since this film is mostly about the poor state of Scotland against the all mighty England, I believe that the historical message would be that
In the movie, there are many social, political and/or military elements dramatically displayed in the film. An example of social elements in this film would be that it seemed like there were only two classes: Noble men/women and the peasants. But that’s not necessarily true, it was just that the noble people were extremely rich and the poor were extremely poor. The nobles lived in castles while the poor lived in huts they built out of rocks, mud, and hay. A military element was that in Scotland, there really wasn’t an army, which means that there was no military ruler. There was only a Prince who semi-ruled and didn’t take action like William Wallace did. He directed the ‘army’, which was mainly made up of peasants who didn’t exactly know how to rule. Lastly, a main political element was that there were kings, princes, princesses, but no queens. In England, there was a king, but not queen, a prince and his princess. The King had all the power and the prince and princess could have just been normal people, until the king dies and the prince becomes the king. In Scotland there was only a prince who didn’t...