[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11171″ img_size=”900×500″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Outlaw King (2018)
Directed: David Mckenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Aaron Tyler-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Tony Curran, Stephen Dillane, Sam Spruell
Writers: Mark Bomback, David Harrower, Bathsheba, David Mckenzie, James Maclnnes
Editor: Jake Roberts
Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd
Sound: Mark Stemler
“The survival to the Scotties is at stake.”
If you are looking for strong performances, beautiful cinematography, amazing score, great action sequences that have no shame of showing guts and full body nudity you have come to the right place. Outlaw King does lack a certain kind of finesse that BraveHeart gave us, but that doesn’t mean Outlaw King is not a good film. Outlaw King is essentially a continuation of the story of Braveheart but is not categorized as a sequel. Outlaw King follows the story of King Robert the Bruce being forced into exile after being crowned King of Scotland. Robert’s main goal is to take Scotland back for the people.
David Mckenzie did a fantastic job of bringing his vision to the big screen. He also did a fantastic job of directing the already talented actors, bringing their respected characters to life. With a castmember like Chris Pine, who has worked with David Mckenzie already in Hell or High Water, Aaron Tyler-Johnson, who has been in Nocturnal Animals, Florence Pugh who has been in Lady Macbeth, Tony Curran, who has been in Gladiator, Stephen Dillane, who has been in Darkest Hour, and Sam Spruell, who has been in The Martian and many others.
“Making a very revenge. It tears at the soul, but it can also be a weapon.”
With the characters you are following you can feel the urgency, the desperation, the pressure, especially from Robert the Bruce. At times you can feel the happiness, respect, care, and kindness that people need when hope seems lost. David Mckenzie and the rest of the writers did a fantastic job writing the characters. With that being said, they should focus more on the dialogue and character interactions rather than the action sequences. This is not because the action sequences were bad (they were amazing), but because the chemistry would have been more effective for this type of film that David Mckenzie set up.
Although many aspects of the film were amazing, the editing was an area that was questionable. It felt like the film was jumping from one scene to the next very quickly, making it seem as if some information had been left off. With that being said, the film should have been a minimum of two hours and thirty minutes to three hours. If this film had more time and focused more on the characters instead of big action pieces it could have incorporated more journey aspects.
“We could fight for God, for country, for family. I do not care, so long as you fight!”
Bravo to Barry Ackroyd. This may be his best work yet, especially with such a great resume. He has done The Hurt Locker, The Big Short, Detroit, Jason Bourne and many others. This one-shot opening might be the best thing I’ve seen this year, up there with Black Panther. They are multiple continuous shots throughout the movie that are amazing.
This is no Braveheart, but do not mistake this for a bad movie, as some people might assume. Outlaw King has many great qualities such as strong performances, beautiful cinematography, amazing score, and great action sequences. With that being said, although there were minimal mistakes, such as focusing more on the characters and their journey’s and movie length. rather than the action setpieces, but those mistakes were major and because of that, I will give it…
Score: C+[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-G1BME8FKw” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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