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September 6, 2018

‘Outlaw King’ Review: Bloody Scottish Epic Can’t Conquer a Weak Script | TIFF 2018

Outlaw King is an odd movie that strives for realism everywhere except where it matters most. From a technical perspective, you can see no expense has been spared in trying to recreate 1304 Scotland. You can practically smell the mud and the blood. But when it comes to telling a story in that setting and filling it with interesting characters, the script resorts to boring hero/villain tropes, unworthy of the history its depicting and childish in its simplicity. The devotion to accuracy on screen betrays the indifference to crafting compelling, believable characters. What we’re left with is good …

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