Directed by Roland Emmerich
Starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Chris Cooper, Jadon Isaacs, Tom Wilkinson
Not to be confused with The Patriot with Steven Seagal. This is a war film set during the war of independence against the British. I watched the film today after a long while without seeing it. I remembered seeing in the movie theater and enjoying it. Was it different today?
First of all, the film is mainly about Benjamin Martin and his family. The war is dealt with in terms of how it affects Martin and his family as the war is fought in their homes or near their homes. When his oldest joins the army without permission, Martin rejoins too in hope of keeping an eye on his son.
Was it different than the time I saw it? Well yes. But not in a bad way. I see its flaws but yet I still think it’s a good film. I think that the approach to the film should be to treat the film as a fictional film even if some things are based on real events and people. The film received a lot of criticism for its portrayal of the British army and its tactics. I think they exaggerated but the story needed it because I don’t think the film intended to write a faithful account of the events, that’s what I think I could be wrong.
For me, the reason I like the movie is the family aspect of the film. The relationship of Martin and his children. And honestly, that side of the story is what I enjoy most. I think it was a good story and the war was used smartly in the telling of this man’s story. The war scenes are ok, I still think Braveheart’s war scenes are still better.
AMel Gibson has always been one of my favorite actors. His performance was great in this film. Heath Ledger in what I think was his first serious role or at least among the first also gave a good performance and paired perfectly with Gibson. The whole cast was good, Jason Isaacs was intense and meaningful as the main villain of the story.