Outlaw King (2018)
Critic Consensus: Muddy and bloody to a fault, Outlaw King doesn't skimp on the medieval battle scenes, but tends to lose track of the fact-based legend at the heart of its story.
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For a historical epic that probably looks even better on the big screen, it's oddly well-suited to Netflix: spectacle, yes, but nothing too specific about it.
"Outlaw King" is an old-school history lesson, but Mackenzie presents it with a modern flare, and its themes of a small group overthrowing the ruling power are especially timely today.
With the exception of a few slow spots, Outlaw King flows briskly. It's one of the better "Netflix originals" the service has provided and worth the expense of two hours.
While we likely have not seen the end of Robert the Bruce on film, this for sure is a worthy addition to the canon.
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Despite the well staged combat scenes and an impressive single take sequence, "Outlaw King" can't decide if it's supposed to be a equally corny successor to "Braveheart" or the down and dirty realistic counter to that movie.
The story of Robert the Bruce, w/o the heavy-on-the-glory aspect rendered in the movie Braveheart, of which this bit continues directly after. Pine is more than credible, as is the entire cast, as he fights the British army while on the run and with only a handful of men. Edifying as well as entertaining, if slow in spots. Expect mucho bloodletting and carnage.
The (amazing) almost theater-like 10-minute shot in the beginning teases an entirely different, more intimate film but once it opens up, this actually turns into the best knights movie in years. Basically telling the story of Robert the Bruce from where Braveheart ended, the film's biggest asset is the setting. Real castle walls, the highlands, everything looks authentic and is beautifully shot. The Cast consisting of many familiar faces is great too. I can't speak for the historical accuracy, but it feels like they tried at least, even contradicting Braveheart from time to time. The final battle even gives its big predecessor a run for its money. A gorgeous, bloody, dirty medieval battaglia.
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