Chris Pine and his mullet — plus some nudity — take over Toronto at festival opener
TORONTO — The best Chris might be the one who dares to go full mullet.
Chris Pine gave us that, plus a coating of mud (and a hint of nudity), at Thursday night’s glitzy opening of “Outlaw King” at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 14th-century Scottish film, which re-teams Pine with his “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie, is basically a bloody “Braveheart 2,” telling the story of how Scotland continued its fight for freedom after William Wallace was drawn and quartered.
In the upcoming Netflix film, Pine plays Robert the Bruce, Wallace’s successor who went on to lead Scotland in over 20 years of battle against England. So how did Wonder Woman’s on-again boyfriend do selling his brogue to the always tough Toronto crowd?
Variety’s Stuart Oldham was a big fan.
“http://www.usatoday.com/”The Outlaw King’ is Netflix’s best big budget movie to date,” he tweeted. “Epic, brutal, surprisingly hilarious and tender, the #TIFF18 opener marks another solid collaboration between Chris Pine and director David McKenzie.”
But the Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore said some might snooze while they stream.
“Though likely to be meaningful to Scots, for whom Robert the Bruce is a national hero, audiences Stateside may often find the warrior’s journey (and it’s just the beginning — the war lasted another 20 years after this film ends) something of a grind, nodding off occasionally as they watch the two and a half-hour film from their sofas.”
OUTLAW KING posits that the middle ages had unlimited supplies of two things: maimed horses and terrible haircuts
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Collider’s Matt Goldberg spotted an undercooked script. “The best thing I can say about ‘Outlaw King’ is that it feels like going back in time as long as you ignore the paper-thin plot and characters,” he wrote.
The film registered for The Atlantic’s David Sims, who called it a “methodical, extremely unromantic retelling of the Scottish war of independence with lots of blood n’ mud n’ guts,” he tweeted. “I liked it a lot and am currently yelling at everyone with Aaron Taylor-Johnson-esque intensity.”
Others heralded Pine’s commitment to nudity for the role (including Variety’s review).
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