For those that haven’t seen Braveheart, stop reading this blog post, and go watch it. Holding a firm spot in my top-5 movies of all time with The Shawshank Redemption, Godfather, and a few others, Braveheart has all everything one could want in a movie, besides historical accuracy. Fantastic acting, music, and cinematography, bringing to life an epic story of love, loss, and a battle for freedom.
Maybe it’s Mel Gibson’s acting, maybe it’s because my name is also William, but I love William Wallace. He embodies nearly everything a man should strive to be. He is strong, educated, honest, friendly, courageous, and so many more things. He fights to the death for his ideals. I’ve often joked with my wife that if we have enough sons, one of them will be named William Wallace.
It is no surprise that a movie this good has music written by one of the best ever. James Horner got his big break in 1982 with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and has gone on to write hit after hit. His score for James Cameron‘s Titanic is the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time. He also wrote the score for the second highest-grossing film of all time, Cameron’s Avatar.
The theme he wrote for Braveheart perfectly captures the essence of William Wallace. The bagpipes set a Scottish tone and play a slow, expressive melody. The melody repeats the main idea with subtle variations just like Wallace must fight again and again for his freedom. The overall feeling is sad, as Wallace wanted peace, but life kept bringing him war.
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