Originally Posted by Hutnicks
That is rather the issue. You could have pulled any biography of a tanker off the shelf and filmed that. Instead you get some interpretation by a guy whose only interest in history is limited to how many butts he put in seats last night.
My issue at a large with these dramatizations is the incredible disservice they do to the actual people who fought.
That's taking a rather cynical view of Ayer's M.O. - he's made a big thing in the interviews I've read of wanting to do justice to the men who fought in WW2, so you'd have to conclude he's lying about that and that his real intention was simply to make a fast buck.
Anyway, surely the majority of war films employ a degree of artistic license - while I don't deny that the best films can be edifying, a large part of the remit is surely to entertain and, yes, from the producers' and backers' point of view, recoup a profit on their investment at the box office. If a film eschewed entertainment in favour of 100% accuracy and realism, it would be unlikely to go down well with the general cinema-going public.