The most recent historical movie that was widely discussed and scarified by various critics is “The Patriot” by Roland Emmerich. The discussion expanded because of historical inaccuracies shown in the movie. The film can be called wide-known, but it is not possible to name it popular. Taking into consideration the fact that the film was based on a real historical event, the performance might have been more emotional and accurate.
The storyline finds its place on the battlefields of American Revolution in 1776. The Martins family is positioned as a traditional American family of that time. They are caring, have a lot of children and are very patriotic. But despite the fact of loving their own lands, they take care of every wounded soldier. And they don’t care if it’s British or ally units. Benjamin Martin performed by Mel Gibson illustrates a father who will be always ready to sacrifice his life for every child of his. What he wants is a better fate for his descendants. There is a certain split of opinions that is possible to follow in a story line. It has been shown as an age difference. When Gabriel, the first born Benjamin’s son decides to join the Continental army, his father tries his best to avoid a participation in a war, knowing the consequences and the long way the whole family would be forced to go through. Patriotism is symbolized controversially at the entering scenes, when the side to fight for is being changed.
The hero appearance of the main character has been expanded to unbelievable extent. The state of mind and patriotic approach has always been a motivation for winning and standing still for something you believe in. But dedicating an outcome of the whole continental battle to one person is a part where fiction takes place.
A lot of critics felt on movie because of the immense cruelty shown in battle scenes. This was the reason for adults to think twice before allowing their children to watch “The Patriot”. It is necessary to admit that costumes, decorations and landscapes were assorted perfectly. It can be said that the major producer’s mistake was a revealed separation to good and bad. Black British army and white Colonial forces were two fighting forces according to Roland Emmerich. Actions of British army were described as they have just entered the continent wanting to invade it and were trying to kill everyone and everything that created an obstacle. Lately, British were very concerned about their appearance in a movie as German Nazi.
Emmerich, Roland, dir. The Patriot. Writ. Robert Rodat. Columbia Pictures, 2000. Film.