The Fight For Freedom Continues In The Trailer For ‘Robert The Bruce’

What is it about Scottish history that’s so primed for big screen adaptations? Robert the Bruce in particular is really having his day in the spotlight, with this being the second movie in a two year period based on his life (the first being Chris Pine’s Outlaw King). I’m honestly not sure if this is a coincidence or if this is intended as a sequel to Braveheart but the Scottish legend is being played this time around by Angus Macfayden reprising the role he played in the mid-90’s Mel Gibson blockbuster. I’ve seen some note that it was a sequel, but can’t find anything official noting that, so for now we’ll mark it down as an intended coincidence (I’m sure Travis will correct me soon). The trailer, like most things shot in and around Scotland and it’s neighboring islands, looks absolutely gorgeous. We know the story is compelling so no issues there, but I do have one reservation after watching the trailer….it’s main character. Trailers can be tricky and I’m sure I will be watching this film nonetheless, but God help me Macfayden seems to lack any of the charisma someone playing one of the most inspiring leaders in written history should have. He just looks sad most of the time. Hopefully this was just a poor selection of scenes and Macfayden’s Bruce will produce the same goosebumps that Gibson did with his William Wallace.

Robert the Bruce hits theaters everywhere on April 24th


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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