It is now common knowledge that few, if any, historical films are 100% historically accurate. That’s not always such a bad thing, however, as some changes are necessary for both pragmatic and creative reasons.
That being said, some movies have actually benefited from deviating from the annals of history. Whether it’s a celebrity biopic or a recreation of a pivotal time in human civilization, these movies have done themselves a favor by inventing their own story.
ten Space Jam Rewrote Michael Jordan’s Athletic Comeback
In 1993, Chicago Bulls star and basketball legend Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA. Aside from burnout, a major factor in Jordan’s decision was the death of his father, whom he was very close to. After two years, Jordan returned and led the Bulls to another historic three-round championship from 1996 to 1998.
According to spacejam, Jordan returned because only his basketball skills could save the Looney Tunes. Subsequently, Jordan’s sporting passion was rekindled thanks to Bugs Bunny and his friends. Simplified as his description of Jordan’s motivations is, space jam wouldn’t be as well known (ironically or otherwise) if not for its absurdity and daring.
9 Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny Revealed The Band’s Epic Origins
Despite first meeting in 1986, Jack Black and Kyle Glass formed their famous rock comedy duo Tenacious D in 1994. Before they began making music together, the two overcame some initial animosity and other issues, such as be broke. According to their fictional biopic, however, they joined musical forces to save the world from Satan.
Tenacious D in Fate’s Choice was a prequel to the duo’s namesake HBO show, which was also a humorously fictionalized account of their lives and careers. While the film accurately recreated some of the duo’s struggles and featured the musicians as themselves, it’s still a highly fantasy and sensational tale of their humble beginnings.
8 Dolemite is my name zipped behind the scenes of two Rudy Ray Moore movies
Blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore is best known for directing and starring in Dolemite and its sequel The Human Tornado. But according to his biopic, Dolemite is my name, he did them simultaneously. Scenes from The Human Tornado were shown filmed for what would be Dolmeitewithout distinction between the two.
This and the production abridgement were done for pacing fun and did not negatively affect the legacy of either film. Additionally, Rudy (who was around 48 at the time) was played by nearly 60-year-old Eddie Murphy. Fans didn’t care, as they jokingly had more issues with Murphy’s high-pitched voice clashing with Rudy’s signature baritone.
seven The Jurassic Park Franchise Defined The Movie Dinosaur
In 1993, jurassic park sparked wide interest in paleontology with its scientifically accurate and approved dinosaurs. Since then, the franchise has set the bar for on-screen depictions of ancient animals. The thing is, the science the filmmakers used was retroactively debunked decades later. For example, it is now believed that dinosaurs were feathery, not scaly.
To reflect updated science, Jurassic Park 3 featured more scientifically accurate feathered dinosaurs – much to the chagrin of viewers. Although refuted, the original drawings were brought back for Jurassic world. It should be noted that the sixth film, Jurassic World: Dominion, strikes a balance between the two looks.
6 The Ip Man franchise turned Bruce Lee’s mentor into a mythical hero
Before being immortalized as the martial arts legend he is today, Bruce Lee was a student of the great Wing Chun master Ip Man (or Yip Man). Ip Man’s rise as a martial artist in the most turbulent parts of Chinese and Hong Kong history is worth studying, but few, if any, of his actual struggles have gone unrecorded. covered by its homonymous series.
The four main lines Ip-Man the films have largely adapted his life, favoring his (fictional) adventures over precision. Notable omissions include Ip Man’s family life and his alignment with the Democratic Kuomintang. the The series was never meant to be a historical document, and it certainly succeeded as an action-packed period saga.
5 The Great Escape compressed many Allied POW stories into an ensemble cast
In 1944, approximately 250 Allied prisoners of war from Stalag Luft III planned an elaborate mass escape. Unfortunately, only 76 managed to escape from prison, while only 3 made it out of Germany alive. The events of the escape were chronicled by Paul Brickhill, and his book served as the basis for The great Escapealthough many changes have been made.
On the one hand, American POWs enjoyed a greater presence when the real escape was predominantly British. Additionally, the identities of some POWs were changed for security reasons, while others (especially Captain Virgil Hilts) were composites of various POWs. The end result was one of the most iconic ensemble casts ever seen in Hollywood’s classic age.
4 The Patriot has become an all-American guilty pleasure
When it comes to the War of Independence, The Patriot is often cited as one of the most inaccurate and even worst re-enactments of the conflict of all time. As well as demonizing the British and romanticizing the Continental armies to such a cartoonish degree, the film got many key dates wrong and controversially portrayed British atrocities that never happened.
That being said, it is for these exact reasons that The Patriot is a historical guilty pleasure. Best-selling director Roland Emmerich’s American epic is full of inaccuracies and errors, but it’s still undeniably entertaining and catchy. Whether sincerely appreciated or not, Benjamin Martin’s groundbreaking saga is the kind of epic you rarely see today.
3 The 300 duology revitalized the classic historical epic
After Gladiator, filmmakers have tried and failed to bring back the historical epic. Zack Snyder succeeded with 300, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s fictionalized take on the Greco-Persian Wars. By favoring artifice and style above all, 300 and its sequel/prequel Rise of an empire modernized the epic of swords and sandals and ushered in a new visual trend.
That being said, the stylized wars of the Greeks have generated a great deal of controversy. At best, historians viewed the films as inaccurate and juvenile on every level. At worst, countries like Iran have banned them. Iran takes immense pride in its past as a Persian, and they have seen the vile portrayal of the Persian Empire in 300 be insensitive and offensive.
2 The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise showed piracy’s most fantastic twilight
Besides fantasy elements like zombies and Davy Jones, one of Pirates of the Caribbeanit is the biggest historical shifts were giving piracy a more fanciful twilight. In reality, the golden age of piracy died out after navies and conglomerates like the East India Trading Company crushed the pirates. In The Adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, the pirates have united and made one last stand.
Here, piracy not only survived the encroachment of the navies, but defeated it. Although the magic is dying or being destroyed as seen after At the end of the world, classic piracy had not yet been eradicated. Thanks to these changes and even in light of the Johnny Depp controversies, Pirates of the Caribbean remains one of the most unique blockbuster franchises ever made.
1 Inglourious Basterds reimagines WWII as a gory fairy tale
World War II has been a favorite subject of movies for decades, especially those of the fictional genre. In fact, you could argue that there are more fictional WWII movies than real ones. It culminated in Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds, which was essentially his idealized version of the end of the war on the European front.
The film had many deviations, the most significant being the collapse of Nazi Germany when its high command (including Adolf Hitler) was assassinated in a theater in June 1944. Inglourious Basterds was never intended to be a faithful retelling, and it gave the nightmarish war the closest thing to a blissfully cathartic ending, as anyone could watch on screen.
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