Why Braveheart Grips Your Soul

Have you ever watched a movie and felt like you’ve been changed?  LIke your heart and soul have been moved to the point of life-altering action?  This is the primary reason why I watch movies, the stories that can be told through film are many times a lens into reality and help us to decipher this great mystery of life we are all experiencing.  Braveheart happens to be a film that has continually impacted lives since it was created in 1995.  Here are a handful of reasons why you should watch this film…or watch it again…and again…

We are Made to Love

Every human being is born in this world with the desire to be loved and to love.  This is not just any love but a love driven by more than sensual or emotional pleasure but deep commitment that cannot be broken.  The story of William Wallace as told through the film is centered around one man’s great sense of freedom and love for not just a woman but the people of Scotland.  Humans must be committed to the love of something worth dying for to experience fulfillment and Braveheart is an incredible demonstration of such love.

We are Made to be Free

As the forces of dark and light battle it out both physically and spiritually, every human knows they are entitled to freedom.  The cry of our souls is to choose our path in life and to be free from oppression, slavery, and death.  No man or woman wishes to feel enslaved by anyone or anything.  William Wallace as portrayed in the film is so confident in his freedom he is unwilling to allow anything to get in its way, even death.  Perhaps the most famous quote goes as follows:

Wallace: “I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”

Soldier: “Two thousand against ten? No! We will run – and live!”

Wallace: “Yes! Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”

We are Made to be Victorious

In the midst of great struggle, of immense darkness and gloom in our lives every human being longs for victory.  Scotland was up against insurmountable odds fighting a stronger, faster, better equipped, professionally trained English military.  But with just a handful of bands of passionate, scrappy young and old village men William Wallace is able to lead his men to great victory.  Why?  Because he believed that he and his men would not lose heart and would not be defeated.  One of the men he most vigorously inspires is the coming ruler of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, who finally breaks through the inner struggle in a conversation with his defiant leprous father:

The Leper: I’m the one who’s rotting, but I think your face looks graver than mine. Son, we must have alliance with England to prevail here. You achieved that. You saved your family, increased your land. In time, you will have all the power in Scotland.

Robert the Bruce: Lands, titles, men, power…nothing.

The Leper: Nothing?

Robert the Bruce: I have nothing. Men fight for me because if they do not, I throw them off my land and I starve their wives and children. Those men who bled the ground red at Falkirk fought for William Wallace. He fights for something that I never had. And I took it from him, when I betrayed him. I saw it in his face on the battlefield! And it’s tearing me apart.

The Leper: All men betray. All lose heart.

Robert the Bruce: I DON’T WANT TO LOSE HEART! I want to believe as he does. I will never be on the wrong side again.

Whether you are a man or woman, if you haven’t seen this film yet it is an absolute must watch as it is beautifully crafted in every way…


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