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The 3 most controversial historical films – despised by historians, but adored by the rest of the world

The 3 most controversial historical films – despised by historians, but adored by the rest of the world
The 3 most controversial historical films – despised by historians, but adored by the rest of the world

Photo source: Still from the movie “Braveheart”

The 3 most controversial historical films – despised by historians, but adored by the rest of the world

Photo source: Still from the movie “Braveheart”

The makers of these films usually don’t care about the authenticity of events.

In Hollywood there are plenty of films that meticulously recount real events and manage to entertain and surprise the viewer – take Apollo 13 or Hacksaw Ridge for example. But usually the makers of such films do not opt ​​for authenticity between the historical component and a clear image.

“Brave Heart”, 1995

On the one hand, Mel Gibson made an incredibly fascinating film about one man’s struggle against tyranny. The action scenes are epic and the actor himself is great as William Wallace. From an entertainment perspective, it has all the elements of a great movie: it’s fantastic.

However, if you have even the slightest interest or knowledge of Scottish history, the film falls apart.

It is not without reason that historians around the world have “gutted” him, and even Randall Wallace, the film’s screenwriter, admits this. Not only does he get the dates wrong, but he also misunderstands William’s motives. The creepiest part of all this is that he is dating Princess Isabelle, who was actually only 8 or 9 years old at the time.

Pearl Harbor, 2001

In fact, Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor is one of the worst films when it comes to war films. Almost two hours are spent on an exaggerated and banal love story that few people care about.

When the film turns to the actual attack on Pearl Harbor, things get interesting, but then the film returns to the same sentimental melodrama starring the characters Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale. This was not necessary.

And yes, historically this film is full of problems. First, an American pilot should not be allowed to fly for a foreign government. Neither the American nor British military would allow this. Plus, there’s too much of the trademark Western jingoism.

“47 Ronin”, 2013

We are told the story of 47 masterless samurai who seek revenge for the death of their master in the early 18th century. On its own, the 1702 Ako Castle Incident could have made for a fantastic samurai film, but Hollywood did it its own way.

Carl Rinsch ruined such an incredible story with cheap fantasy elements and horrible CGI monsters. The Last Samurai may not have been the most historically accurate film, but it did contain an element of realism and respect for Japanese culture. 47 Ronin doesn’t even do that.

Dragons in Japan and China were considered lucky and wise. Here the witch turns into a fire-breathing dragon. Not surprisingly, Asian viewers and history experts greeted the film with hostility.

And while historians don’t understand why the above films were made, check to see if you understand the meaning of the film ‘The Illusionist’. It turned out to be much more complicated than it seems at first glance.

Author: Alexey Pletkin

Source: Popcorn News

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