Historically Inaccurate movies are great entertainment. Very few historical movies remain 100% accurate, which is a history buff’s annoyance. Some creative and artistic liberties are taken for creative and practical reasons. Some movies are better off because they have strayed away from the facts.
1. Space Jam
It’s historical inaccuracy was a little silly, but an inaccuracy nonetheless. In 1993, Michael Jordan retired from basketball because of burnout and his father’s death. But he returned to the ground after 2 years and led Chicago Bulls to a historic win. But in the movie, it shows MJ came back because only his basketball skills could save the Looney Tunes. This fact made the movie so interesting and not to be taken seriously.
The dinosaurs in this movie were scientifically accurate and approved! This movie, however, is not historically accurate now. It is believed that the dinosaurs were feathery and not scaly! However, the feathered dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3 did not please the audience. Therefore, when Jurassic Park steered away from history, it became more entertaining, and when it tried to be correct, it felt like a drag.
The Ip Man
Bruce Lee was Ip Man’s (Wing Chun Grandmaster) student. Ip Man emerged as a renowned martial artist in the most troubled times of China and Hong Kong’s history. The four mainline Ip Man movies chose to prioritize adventure and fantasy over history. This fact made the series an action-packed thrill ride.
The Great Escape
Paul Brickhill wrote about the planned mass escape of 250 allied prisoners of war in his novel, which was used to base this movie on. Unfortunately, it was a historically inaccurate movie. Firstly, American POWs were given more importance. Whereas, in reality, it was the British POWs who had escaped. Secondly, identities also had to be changed for security reasons.
It was one of the most historically inaccurate and worst reenactments of the Revolutionary War. It got some of the main dates wrong and depicted British atrocities that never occurred! The depiction of the armies is also mishandled and inaccurate. It is, however, an epic saga!
Zack Synder brought his fictional view of the Greco – Persian Wars. The team gave artifice and style more priority over accuracy and facts. This historically inaccurate movie upset many historians and was also banned in countries like Iran, which took great pride in the Persian wars. Nonetheless, the movie was a visual treat.
This franchise is a fantasized tale about pirates. Again, it is a series of historically inaccurate movies! The Navies and companies like the East India Company defeated and re-routed the pirates long ago. However, the films depict the exact opposite! Despite all of this, it is one of the biggest blockbuster series ever.
World War 2 inspired many fictional movies. There are more historically inaccurate movies based on WW2 than accurate ones. Inglourious Basterds is one such movie. But, it was deliberately made it like this, Tarantino is a visionary like that. It depicts Quentin Tarantino’s version of the end of the war in Europe. It may not have been faithful historically. But it did manage to give a (nearly) cathartic ending to a nightmarish historical event.
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