Movies have always taken cinematic liberties while depicting history on screen. Movies need to change some things in the narrative in order to get massive appeal for the storyline. There are many scenes or even characters in movies based on the story or historical events and characters that are purely dramatized or simply set up to better express the writer-director’s vision on screen. Just to get the dramatic appeal, many historical details are overlooked. While people come to appreciate the popular appeal of the film, the problem arises when people watching the films begin to believe that what is shown is one hundred percent true.
Here are 10 Hollywood movies that tried to show alternate realities or took cinematic liberties in depicting history:
The 1991 film “JFK” portrays who killed John F Kennedy and how. Oliver Stone’s film is riddled with alleged historical errors, and reports suggest he attempted to rewrite history. Some meetings and confessions are staged for dramatic effect, and entirely fictional characters were created to keep the cast large. For re-arranging the facts of the presidential assassination case, the film drew heavy criticism from journalists around the world. The film took many creative liberties with the source material, which perhaps went too far in rewriting the story to uncover any truth. Despite all this, the film turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
“The White Man’s Burden” (1995)
The 1995 film “White Man’s Burden” attempted to reverse the status of black people in America. The story unfolds in a way where blacks are the wealthy elite and whites live in poverty with fewer rights. “White Man’s Burden” turned the script on race. Although it has never been directly explained how this phenomenon occurred, it can be assumed that blacks achieved status in the past, which placed whites at the opposite end of the class spectrum, which which implies that the civil rights movements of the 1960s probably did not take place. for blacks like obviously they didn’t need it. Actor Harry Belafonte plays a prominent CEO who thinks white people are genetically inferior people. Actor John Travolta, meanwhile, plays a poor factory worker.
The 2000 film “Gladiator” had its fair share of controversy. The film went on to win many accolades for its brilliant performances, especially by actor Russell Crowe. Several characters in the film were actually based on real people, who have been mentioned in history books. However, there is almost never a mention of the main character, Maximus, played by Russell Crowe.
The 2004 film “Alexander” built on the success of movies like “Gladiator” and “Troy.” Many historians have criticized the depiction of ancient Greek conquest in “Alexander”. The film’s script was said to have myriad inaccuracies. There had been alleged attempts to compress the timeline of major events. Not only that, certain actions of certain characters in the film barely find a reference in the actual history books.
The 2006 film ‘300’, directed by Zack Snyder, takes considerable liberties with the story of the Spartans facing off against the warring Persians. The film portrays the Spartans as an unbeatable force of mighty warriors who faced the entire Persian army with no reinforcements or armor. However, in reality, the fact is that the Spartans weren’t alone, nor were they flaunting their abs like they do in the movie. Athens had aided the Spartans in naval conflicts, while the Spartans fought on land. The Spartans even used to wear heavy protective armor and did not go into battle showing off their well-toned abs at all times.
‘Inglorious Basterds’ (2009)
The 2009 film “Inglorious Basterds” showed the end of World War II very differently from what actually happened. In Quentin Tarantino’s World War II action flick, Allied Nazi hunters parade through France, doing little more than hunting and scalping members of the Third Reich. In the third act, in which Adolf Hitler is ruthlessly murdered in an exploding movie theatre, the image cast aside all historical elements.
The 2009 film “Watchmen,” based on Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic novel, reimagines 1985 in more ways than adding superheroes. The destructive powers of the indifferent Dr. Manhattan seem to have won the Vietnam War. Richard Nixon was able to change term policies and served as President of the United States in the 1980s. The ending also focuses on how the heroes end the Cold War with an energy bomb exploding in New York.
“Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
The 2011 film “Captain America: The First Avenger” tells the origin story of Steve Rogers during World War II. He and his friend Bucky Barnes are sent to a special task force to retrieve a mysterious device known as the tesseract from Nazi scientists led by Johann Schmidt (AKA Red Skull) who intends to use its abilities against troops. allies. Besides the advent of superheroes and powers, the other major change comes in the form of the fictional Nazi group Hydra, which creates new technologies. Although the Nazis are well known for their superior scientific explorations, nothing comes close to the heights of fiction that were depicted in the first Captain America movie.
‘X Men First Class’ (2011)
The 2011 film “X-Men First Class” combines superheroes and notable historical events to create a relatable universe in which an alternate history takes place. By incorporating the events of World War II and the Cold War, the film places mutants at the heart of American history and provides brilliant parallels between fiction and reality. The frenetic conclusion to Cuba in the midst of the Missile Crisis is a great illustration of how the film transforms familiar visuals into compelling fantasy fiction.
“Birth of a Nation” (2016)
The 2016 movie “Birth of a Nation” is slightly different than the real story suggests. Nat Turner’s slave insurrection against white owners was not as heroic as the film depicts. The film depicts the last stand of a huge collection of rebels against a band of white people in a gruesome fight to the death. However, in reality, Turner’s uprising ended slowly, as a series of attacks depleted his strength and made it impossible to recruit new slaves.