Is your favorite "historical" film for real?
Other films analyzed by McCandless include big name dramas like The Big Short (2016, 91.4%), American Sniper (2015, 56.9%), 12 Years a Slave (2014, 88.1%), and a few others, but the included examples are far from complete.
The interactive infographic allows you to leaf through a film scene-by-scene and read McCandless’s comments and corrections if they are needed. It also allows for a “pedantry level” slider that adjusts the ratings based on the level of truthfulness that matters to you.
A Growing Issue
Though there are countless big budget, “based on a true story” movies that are far from true that Information is Beautiful hasn’t fact checked, they have gotten the ball rolling on a conversation that really needed to be pulled out of the realm of film analysis and thrust into the public sphere.
As silly as it may seem, a lot of our interpretation of historical events and the circumstances surrounding them derive from their representation on the big screen. With the intensifying trend of sharing news without verification, it’s more important than ever that audiences keep in mind that just becuase it’s on TV or on the big screen, doesn’t mean it’s true.
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