ANY GOOD? It's arguably one of the best of the Harry Potter films - darker and more complex than the early instalments, but easier to follow than the later movies, which can be a bit mystifying if you haven't read the books. Young stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who have been a bit patchy in previous outings, rise to the material admirably, while the supporting adult cast is chock full of some of Britain's best actors, with Brendan Gleeson proving a particularly welcome addition to the Hogwarts staffroom.
Braveheart Channel 4, 10.50pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Mel Gibson directs and stars in this multi-Oscar-winning epic which charts the life of legendary Scottish hero William Wallace and his efforts to defeat Edward I. After his father and brother are killed in battle, a young Wallace is taken in by his uncle. Years later, he looks forward to living the quiet life as a farmer but vows revenge against the throne when the King's soldiers murder his wife. ANY GOOD? It takes a special film to win five Oscars, and while this Hollywood hit isn't an accurate lesson in 13th-century British history, it is a superb example of accomplished directing as Gibson expertly managed thousands of extras for some truly awe-inspiring battle scenes. Gibson's accent may be a little wobbly but the acting is decent too, with Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan all on fine form.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Aug 10, 2013|
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