My son is being taught about the Civil War in school. I’m a tad surprised at how much they fail to tell the kids now days. I’m a huge history buff. I don’t claim to know everything about everything but I absolutely love learning all things history. History isn’t my sons favorite subject (yet) but it’s nice that he pays enough attention to have conversations with me about it.
I watch a lot of movies based off of wars and history. I also fact check every “based off of a true story” movie. Most of them are so far from the truth that it makes watching the movie a second time almost unbearable. For instance, The other Boleyn Girl. The history of Henry VIII is fascinating enough without adding fictional nonsense to it.
Back to the point. Free state of Jones was an amazing movie and surprisingly pretty darn close to the truth. A few Characters were added to this movie but only to portray how people really lived, acted, or were treated depending on station and/or color. I’ve seen Matthew McConaughey play several comedy roles and maybe one or two serious roles. Outside of the fact that he looks amazingly like the person he is portraying, he did a phenomenal job in this role. I’m not very good at rating or reviewing movies but I have to say that so far, this is one of the few movies I’ve seen that has stayed that close to the truth. I highly recommend it!
For those of you who like to fact check things as I do, here’s a pretty good site to see part of what’s true and not true in this movie.