Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Tell me if I'm being overly nosy, but I'm just curious whether that's due to a general impatience with inaccurate portrayals of historical events or whether it's because your ancestry gives you a knowledge/perspective on historical events in that part of the world that the filmmakers might not share. And I amend my earlier remark. Everyone except skalogre should see this movie, and some of you should see it twice to make up for his absence.
I think it is both - yes I am a grumpy git
For example, I hated Last Samurai partially because I had done some research on Takamori Saigo, the inspiration behind Katsumoto. I was also struck by how jingoistically nice they placed Tom Cruise there to teach the dumb Japanese what their traditions meant to them. Especially considering that the Emperor was on the side of the common people by abolishing the ruling samurai class. Plus Saigo had changed sides more than once. There is also the problem, of historical revisionism. Big film studios can in essence change the past in to their versions. Sort of like Disney changing the morals and meaning behind,m say, The Little Mermaid. The Andersen original was a lot darker and placed the mermaid's demise squarely on her head, not on the "evil witch". How many people, especially children, will know anything abiout the original other than what Disney prescribes? Ok, now I am rambling. P.s. a while back did look at a few pages of the original comic on the Spartans/Plateans at Thermopyles, looked interesting. P.s. 2 Nowadays, I just hope that filmmakers stay away from my area of the world for inspiration in general