Monday, May 15, 2017

Rob Roy (1995)

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Writer: Alan Sharp

Composer: Carter Burwell

Starring: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Andrew Keir, Brian Cox, Brian McCardie, Gilbert Martin, Vicki Masson, Gilly Gilchrist, Jason Flemyng

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Honor made him a man. Courage made him a hero. History made him a Legend

Plot: In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Sure.

Those teeth!  They must've had a team of tooth-fucker-upers working on this film.  I dug  Cunningham's (Roth) entrance.  Hell, Rob Roy's (Neeson), too, for that matter.  Everything you need to know about them is made very clear by their first moments on screen.  Rob is good and noble and Cunningham is a deceptively sinister and cruel bastard in fop's clothing.  It's a well made costume adventure picture with lovely Scottish scenery, set/costume design, acting and a great cast.  It's pictures like these that bring old well-established English actors out of the woodwork, a who's who of faces you know.  The final 5 minute sword fight is good and I'm especially impressed that there's an absence of music except for the final blow and I would've preferred that to be silent, too.  You can't have everything.  I'd need a bigger house.  In two hours and sixteen minutes you'd think they could've at least given us the recipe for the drink named after the man.  Geez.  Stupid Hollywood.  Maybe there's a documentary out there that covers that in detail.  The MGM DVD has a good anamorphic widescreen print with one extra, the theatrical trailer (non-anamorphic). 

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