December 31, 2008

Historically Inaccurate Films

Scott found this article on the internet about the most historically inaccurate films, which we read it together, and found hilariously amusing.

Did you know 2001:A Space Odyssey is totally inaccurate because we didn't travel to Jupiter in 2001? (Also, I haven't met a computer named HAL and Hubble hasn't taken a picture of a giant baby in space.) And I thought it was Science Fiction, we should also add Blade Runner in 2019 when we don't have to send out Harrison Ford to shoot androids.

The only three on the list that are actually historically inaccurate are Elizabeth The Golden Age, Braveheart, and to a much lesser extent 300. The 300 shouldn't really be included because it's based on a graphic novel which is based on the historical event. The other two are based on actual historical events, and could've maybe been more accurate (they are just movies!).

However, Gladiator, Apocalypto, The Last Samuri and 10,000 BC are based on ideas, not on any actual event. Also, their main problem with Gladiator is the fact that Commodus wasn't exactly like the way he was portrayed - how about the fact there wasn't any person actually named Maximus??

Plus author's main issue with the The Patriot is that the guy was apparently non-enlightened and was a racist/Indian oppressor. I don't think those kind of details are added into movies and they don't nullify the details that are true. The symbol of the Democratic party is a donkey because of Andrew Jackson, the President who is famous for removing the Cherokee from Georgia even though the Cherokee had a SUPREME COURT RULING that nullified Jackson's decree. (See I learned something by watching The Presidents on History).

So now Scott and I are looking forward to adding lots more movies to our 'historically inaccruate' list. I'll have to get my list of Science Fiction together and see if it happens or not on the appropriate dates....

Happy New Year!!

Posted by 10lees at December 31, 2008 10:51 PM

What about 1984 - you want to talk about inaccuracies? ;) And I agree with you about 2001 - definitely inaccurate. :) There are so MANY!
I look forward to seeing your ongoing research on this subject. :) Happy New Year! Love - Mom

Posted by: bevy at December 31, 2008 11:41 PM

Does this mean that I can't get my historical information from movies any more because I thought that everything you see on tv is real.

Posted by: Bran at January 1, 2009 08:25 PM

Next they will be telling me The Labyrinth was not historically accurate or that the events depicted in Star Wars never, ever happened.

Posted by: babada at January 2, 2009 06:56 AM

haha, true I can't believe they didn't put Star Wars on there because you can't go light speed (yet) and it happened in the past! 'A long time ago...'

I forgot 1984!! Also, Brave New World could be another one but I forget what year it was supposed to take place.

And yes, everything you see on TV is real - don't you forget it! :-)

Posted by: 10lees at January 2, 2009 08:30 AM

This made me chuckle! Happy new year!

Posted by: Lo at January 5, 2009 10:25 AM
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