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Mackenzie’s fight against these historical events has a quick and ferocious pace that demands attention from you from its first act itself. One can easily see the eye that Mackenzie has had to create a period piece with all the dedication there is. He knows that the detailings can lure the audience in, since the tactics, language, ceremonies and rituals, everything can be amaze the viewers to experience it on screen. Surprisingly, it is a well choreographed movie. Not only the fight sequences, the conversations, the long one-take sequences and the structure too.
The script has a fluent vocab. The speech is researched well enough to clearly be able to speak about it. Also, the physical sequences are clean and visually comfortable to see, except for brutal blood splash on the floor that can be too much at times. But as far as the war scenes are concerned, unlike any other features, you never get confused or too busy amongst the clashes of swords, horse riding, man slaughtering burnt palaces and suffocated environment. His update on the piece, is that he had managed to make it more gripping and emotionally fueled for us to keep rooting for these characters.
The camera work itself is immensely fascinating and well handled for you to be invested in this intriguing storyline. Mackenzie uses the set pieces and locations wisely and foliates through the cinematography and camera work that offers you a much more personal experience. Aforementioned, the narration is buoyant natured, it keeps giving you back through a tightly packed screenplay and enthralling horn fights. The conversations doesn’t go as anticipated, these are the most non-historical ones that I have encountered on screen. With a brisky and gritty script, the characters are aptly developed and cooked.
A King, A Knight, with a potential to wipe out the entire battlefield, at a certain point in this tale, feels vulnerable for never given the opportunity to even swing a sword and lose these many men, on that note Mackenzie and Pine both succeeds on drawing that emotion out from the screen. Pine is much more evolved in his portrayal. His protective instincts are more expressive than the rage. And with such a track that follows up the glorious life of Robert The Bruce, his performance bodes well, you do care for him and not because of the circumstances he is put on but the performances. But this wheel gets stuck more than once.
The storytelling isn’t layered or thought provoking enough to push your boundaries, it doesn’t make you think twice. Mackenzie isn’t over chewing stuff like he did on Hell Or High Water. He doesn’t take the material for granted. And even though the previous one was much more layered and poetic, personally I prefer Outlaw King over it, for all the razzle dazzle it goes through to be honest and genuinely moving. Addition to that, Outlaw King is more Pine’s tale than it is Mackenzie’s, he rules unequivocally with firm affirmative decisions that you can rely upon.