“Outlaw King” Movie Review – Not historically accurate, yet enjoyable

Outlaw King movie review

David Mackenzie and Netflix’s historical drama “Outlaw King” is one of those movies which may not be factually accurate yet enjoyable, although falls short of an epic. Chris Pine stars as “Robert the Bruce” in this medieval story of Scotland and England, and primarily follows the First War of Scottish Independence against England.

The film takes place in the 14th century when King Edward I of England takes control of Scotland while the Scots never wanted to be under English rule. Standing against the British, “Robert the Bruce” claimed the Scottish throne and mobilizes others to support him in a bloody battle to fight the mighty English army.

“Outlaw King” is realistic in terms portrayal of violence by English occupants and the battle scenes. While there has not been much detailed narration in terms of facts in history, the film certainly tries to simply tell the story of a man who stood against the powerful English force. The fight scenes certainly drive the movie forward – these somehow give us the real feel of a 14th-century world.

Chris Pine as the King of Scots has done a great job, although the film in the initial half was very slow and often depressing. Chris has done a wonderful job in a role that demanded both forbearances as well as a determined personality who has only one dream – to free his nation.

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“Outlaw King” as some of my friends suggested is not historically accurate. Well, I was not expecting a film to be precise what’s there in history. There are limitations in filmmaking and within two hours, I believe the director has done a wonderful job. While the film probably needed more emotionally heighten scenes, the cinematography is great in supporting such a fascinating story.

“Outlaw King” does follow The Bruce during the First War of Independence against England, but the makers have limited resources to include events like The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and hence settled with The Battle of Loudoun Hill seven years earlier. If anyone needs a more detailed portrayal, I guess we need a limited series on the subject line. It definitely should have been a TV series.

Nevertheless, if we ignore the historical details in a feature-length film, “Outlaw King” is indeed an enjoyable watch. At the end of the film, I develop this urge to read more about Robert the Bruce, and his reign from 1306 until his death in 1329, during which he fought successfully to hold Scotland as an independent country.

“Outlaw King” is now streaming on Netflix. If you have watched the film and want to share your review or opinion, please write to us or drop your thoughts in the comment section below.

Watch the movie trailer here for “Outlaw King”

Where to watch Outlaw King (2018)
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