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Nonton Film Outlaw King (2018) Full Movie

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Film Outlaw King (2018) Full Movie
Review Film Outlaw King (2018) Full Movie
Roughly twenty minutes has been cut from Netflix’s Outlaw King since it first screened for critics at September’s Toronto International Film Festival. This leaner version, debuting exclusively on Netflix on November 9th, is enough of an improvement over the film I reviewed at TIFF that I felt compelled to update my existing review and bump up the final score to 7.4 out of 10 (or "good").

My original review — where I gave director David Mackenzie’s film an “okay” score of 6.9 — can be found below. A significant amount of the story’s political machinations where the Scottish lords, including Chris Pine’s Robert the Bruce, opined on matters of liberty and such, have been excised from this final cut. While the history buff in me appreciated Mackenzie’s attention to detail, the narrative was bogged down by these expository and relatively mundane scenes, with the film’s overall pacing lurching between those flat moments and the far more visceral and engaging sections where Robert is either waging war or on the run.

By honing in on what’s really at stake for Robert the Bruce in this story — by rejiggering the narrative from the lofty and impersonal to the more accessible and personal — rather than on the heady notions of Scottish self-governance, this final version of Outlaw King has found its rhythm. It’s now firmly a story about a man out to right wrongs, both to himself and his loved ones as well as to his country.

Nearly everything not in service of that arc has been jettisoned (including a cameo by the character of William Wallace). That this version is enough of an improvement to make even one critic redo their initial review suggests that maybe filmmakers and studios shouldn’t screen their movies at festivals like TIFF until they’re absolutely ready. (Mackenzie has admitted that Outlaw King wasn’t finished until just days before TIFF.)

Just as the film itself now seems more confident so too does Chris Pine’s performance. Those talky scenes — where his less than perfect Scottish accent was evident — have been dropped, with the movie now leaning into the most personal elements of Robert’s character and Pine’s performance, moments that rely less on awkward, stalwart speeches and more on relatable action and emotion.

While these edits have sidelined some of the supporting characters and simplified what was, historically, a far more complicated path to freedom for the Scots, this final cut of Netflix’s Outlaw King has a steadier pulse, narrative focus, and central performance than the version first screened for the public. While it’s still no Braveheart, this Outlaw King is a more engaging and entertaining version than the one most widely released.

Our original review follows. However, the score and verdict have been updated to reflect the final version that will stream on Netflix.

Netflix’s Outlaw King is a beautiful-looking but uneven historical drama featuring an uncertain lead performance from Chris Pine. The film, which reunites Pine with Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie, has the heart but seldom the fighting spirit of the battle-crying, sword-wielding underdog epics of yesteryear that it wants to evoke.

The story chronicles Robert the Bruce’s (Pine) journey from defeated rebel to King of Scots, waging a campaign to win the crown and unite his countrymen against their English overlords. Shot on location in Scotland, director David Mackenzie (and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd) captures the damp and dreary beauty of his native country. The movie begins with a nearly 10-minute-long, one-take scene that includes an oath ceremony, a duel, and a catapult firing on a castle. It’s a promising start but after that the film progresses on unsure footing, as rough and rocky as the terrain its characters travel. The narrative lurches from perfunctory political scenes to countryside ambushes to quieter moments and then repeat.

Outlaw King rallies in the homestretch, climaxing with the bloody and muddy Battle of Loudoun Hill (the film seems to also borrow elements from the later Battle of Bannockburn). This sequence provides all the gory medieval mayhem and chainmail-piercing carnage you might expect from such a historical epic, but it’s also tough to tell combatants apart. Still, it’s a viscerally effective sequence even if it never reaches the rabble-rousing heights of Braveheart. (Yes, that is the first of several Braveheart mentions to come as Outlaw King is a spiritual sequel to that 1995 Oscar winner. There’s an even an appearance by William Wallace, who is played by a guy even grimier and crazier-looking than Mel Gibson was in that film.)

Chris Pine never seems comfortable in the role of Robert the Bruce, often looking like even he can’t believe he’s all dressed up playing a medieval warrior-king. Some of that may stem from his unconvincing accent, but Pine never quite manages to help one suspend their disbelief at seeing an American star playing a Scottish legend the way Gibson did in Braveheart. While Pine finds the humanity and vulnerability in this larger-than-life figure, from poignant moments with his men and his family to flashes of desperation or rage during the battle scenes, he just never seems at home in the piece. When seen alongside European actors who all appear far more comfortable in their characters’ skins and period garb, Pine comes across like an anachronism.

His co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson often steals the show with his wild-eyed turn as James Douglas, Robert’s ally who’s out to win back his lands and his family name. Douglas has a purpose and a goal that’s far more potent and universally relatable than Robert Bruce’s broader political agenda. It’s not until later in the film, when Robert is given a personal motivation for vengeance, that the character and Pine’s performance rise above delivering costume drama platitudes and stalwart epic hero talk of loyalty, land, and lords.

In addition to Taylor-Johnson, the supporting cast features notable turns from Florence Pugh as Robert the Bruce’s politically arranged wife Elizabeth de Burgh, Billy Howle as the Prince of Wales (depicted as a brat-who would-be-king, complete with a bowl cut), and Game of Thrones’ Stephen Dillane as English king Edward I (yes, the same nasty “Longshanks” depicted in Braveheart). Tony Curran also turns in a suitably gruff performance as Robert’s trusted ally, Angus Macdonald.

Outlaw King does manage to find some moments of levity amidst all the grime and bloodshed, as well as a few nice breathers where we see the simple joys of the Scots’ community. When the film works, it can be very engaging but it is simply too inconsistent.

The Verdict
UPDATE: The shorter, final version of Netflix's Outlaw King is an improvement over the bloated and uneven longer version that screened at TIFF. These edits strengthen not only the film's pacing but hone Chris Pine's performance to be more confident and engaging. The film is strongest when it focuses on the personal rather than the political, on what's most at stake for Robert the Bruce rather than on lofty talk of loyalty, land, and lords. While it never quite musters the fighting spirit of classic historical epics, there are still several rousing battle scenes full of medieval mayhem to grip viewers.

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