17 thoughts on “Previewing Outlaw King (2018)

  1. Looks a universe better than Braveheart as long as Pine’s accent isn’t too distracting. And hoping the man on the horse in the crowd shot loses the hot water bottle before filming.

  2. I’ll watch it. I thought Pine did a decent English accent in Princess Diaries 2 and I’m sure it’ll be better than Liam Neeson’s non-accent in Rob Roy. And since I’ll pretty much Pine in anything except for that Lindsay Lohan rom-com, I’ll definitely be watching this.

    1. Pine’s accents haven’t been at all. His other rom-com with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy should be avoided too. My favourite role of his has been the campy Prince in Into the Woods.

  3. Robert I of Scotland (Aka Robert the Bruce) is somewhat of a hero of mine. Descended from both William the Conqueror and David I of Scotland, he was a huge landowner in both countries. So he owed fielty to Edward I got his English lands and the Scottish throne for his Scottish.
    I’m sort-of optimistic as I also didn’t see a leader pants in any photos. But there are
    tons of Scottish actors, so I’ll have a wait and see attitude. Also I’ll probably SNARK the history.

  4. Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy, David Tennant, Gerard Butler, Richard Madden, Kevin McKidd, Henry Ian Cusick, Rory McCann, Douglas Henshall, Tony Curran, Dougray Scott . . .

    Just to name a few off the top of my head who would have been a better casting choice than Chris Pine.

    1. Tony Curran is actually in the movie- as a MacDonald (my family descends from MacDonalds at two points on my mother’s side) – as for accents, ‘Kickass’/ ‘Quicksilver’, there did a pretty good job – though I’m disappointed Bruce’s sisters didn’t feature, but Elizabeth seems to have taken on some of their history, I think (with the cage-thing).
      I couldn’t actually tell if my fellow Antipodean, Callen Mulvey had an accent or not- it didn’t feel like he was there long enough.

  5. Sure it’s better than Braveheart; then again that’s a laughably low bar. I disagree it’s a good portrayal. We know what Robert de Brus’ armor looked like – maille and surcoat, with a highly distinct helmet befitting a king. I.e. nothing like this. (Bonus: the historically correct helmet would even show the actor’s face!) The maille is a bad fit and cut for the period. Double bracers – which are for archers! – wrong, wrong, wrong. His leggings, wool or not, are clearly not leggings of the period. Looks like he’s also missing his trademark one-handed axe.

    His boots don’t look good. Looks more mid-14th century and a Hollywood pastiche at that. I can’t tell if there are heels. I wouldn’t say it’s wrong outright but either way they could have made a more appropriate choice.

    The armour for Edward Longshanks makes the same mistake as Braveheart: too advanced pauldrons. I don’t know where to start on the other knight in the picture. Curiously missing from both movies: ailettes.

    All the pictures suggest the movie seems to be of the bizarre opinion that great helms weren’t a thing at the time. Huh.

    We have good resources on armour at the time. Both tomb effigies and the seals on the wonderful Barons’ Letter of 1301.

    The Scot soldiers likewise are modern Hollywood. Sure no kilts (yay!) but they’re missing the distinguishing look of Scot soldiers at the time: saffron-coloured aketons adorned with the white “X”. Look at those pictures: not a single white X in sight. What the hell? Correct armour wouldn’t have been more expensive than what is shown. Also: too many without head protection. Braveheart-style mistake.

    So while they did away with the utter fantasy of Braveheart, they replaced it with modern clichés. Lazy, lazy job.

  6. Based on the pictures provided, I’m seeing the “Burlap Syndrome”. I can recognize that the boots Chris Pine is wearing are from Armstreet armory in the Viking Collection. I can also see arming caps and biggin’s being worn in the crowd scene. Also noticed the historically inaccurate leather ring belt. That staple of the Ren Faire world.
    I will give it a chance just to see how bad it can get.

  7. Fingers crossed that this isn’t a total cluster as I have been a fan of the Bruce since reading Nigel Tranter’s books in high school. Points to the production for having smallish horses — better for Bannockburn.

    1. Agreed. I am Scottish and the accent, from what I can infer from the trailer is on point!

  8. Can’t wait to read what you thought about the movie! I enjoyed it and was curious as to the accuracy of the costumes the whole time—esp. Edward’s snakelike armor at the end!

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