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Movies based on true stories.

  1. #1114262017-07-11 16:45:02Kirn said:

    The Lost City of Z (2016)

    To be honest, at first I thought this is just a pseudo-historical adventure movie. But holy fuck, apparently, it's not just that. So, this is about British member of Royal Geographic Society, who mapped Amazon Jungle and got a notion of ancient civilization being hidden in that jungle. That became his obsession and, eventually, the cause for him never seen again.
    So, this is pretty big movie, so the usual place has an article on it. And, looking at this, I can see that... this is really hard to judge. Movie tells you the notion of the story, which is mostly true. Some things we, obviously, cannot know, like how true the characters represent the real people. And the semi-hopeful ending is just a conjecture. And a lot of stuff isn't really explored, like the true number of expeditions, and the guy being in secret service and even friends for famous write and inspiration for Indiana Jones...
    Now at the same time, truth is there. The guy's father fucked away the family name and fortune, the guy himself became obsessed, eventually, with something that was at a time ridiculed by almost everyone else. And he went there again and again. eventually taking his son with him, to never be seen again. His last letter was dated may 29, which is my birthday btw, so hey, that's fun.
    And after all that - his claims got proven many years later. So this is a good story about a man ahead of time. Not perfectly to the truth of the events, but close enough.

  2. #1116882017-08-09 11:44:17 *Kirn said:

    Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

    Alright, so this one isn't new. However, I recently re-watched the old Disney classic Mary Poppins... and I decided to top it by re-watching this one too. This film is based on the story of making the book into the movie, and goddamn, that is one heck of a story.
    So, the author made the book, and they Disney decided to get his hands on it. The guy promised his children, but he never expected that it would take 20 goddamn years to convince the author. Ms. Travers was one tough cookie. And a horrible nitpicker. And you know, watching this... I personally maintain the outlook that movies should try to be more like books... but damn, I felt really sorry for the movie people.
    So alright, let's go to the usual site. And immediately, what I want to point out is 2 not true points of the movie. First of all - the driver, played by Paul Giamatti, who is always an enjoyable actor. He is, at most, a mix of several people driving Ms. Travers, and he is just there to add some humanity to the story, nothing more. Second thing is half-true. It wasn't the 'Let's go Fly a Kite' song that won Travers over, in fact she didn't care for that one mostly, it was the 'Feed the Birds' song, and you can see why - it is much more different in style from the most songs in the movie, and is quite melancholic even.
    The rest? Well, damn, most of it is true. Movie deals with 2 timelines - one being Ms. Travers' childhood, and key points there are correct - tragic family story, attempted suicide, strict nanny, which became inspiration for Mary Poppins in the books. Second timeline is the script approval for the movie itself, and that apparently was as horrible as it is shown, thanks to the involvement of one of the Sherman brothers in the movie (and that guy obviously had a lot of pent-up burns since that time), and the incredible fact that they really DID record all the sessions, and it was EXACTLY as bad, hours of those tapes...
    I would also say, that Disney here is shown much nicer than he really should have been shown, and they omitted the fact that Ms. Travers was fooled on assumption she had editing rights to the movie, which she didn't. But we all know that Disney is secretly devil, so no big new there.
    In the end, if you are a fan of the old Mary Poppins movie - you really should watch this one to see, what kind of a battle it was to get it to screen.