The Patriot - Critical Film Review

Essay by thisismarcusA-, April 2008

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The Patriot, a movie loosely based on Colonel Francis Marion and the Revolutionary War, was released in the year 2000. The film was written about a war-time hero, Francis Marion - called Benjamin Martin in the movie and played by Mel Gibson - who initially declines going or sending others to fight in the war. He quickly changes his mind though when his son is killed by a ruthless British officer. The Patriot is an interesting watch, as it contains well written script and exciting battle scenes. It is fairly correct about the time period, though the creative license given to Hollywood allowed multiple historical inaccuracies, including details of slavery during the time period, the main character's life, specific battles and the French's participation.

As mentioned, the movie is loosely based on Francis Marion, a war time hero. The movie shows him as a widower with seven children, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Continental Army and a Brigadier General of the militia.

In fact, Marion did not marry until after the war - to his cousin - and had no children. He was also a Colonel in the Continental Army (American Revolution).

From the beginning of the movie, you find African-American slaves working for Marion. The male slaves, along with the male figures in the family, are in the field doing physical labor as the females remain inside and tend to the household duties. Young girls assisted each other in learning the alphabet on the porch, as schoolwork and learning were paramount. Later in the movie, in response to Colonel William Tavingon's - real-life Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton - request for him to join the war, a black slave responds by saying he was working on the farm on his own free will. In multiple written accounts, it shows...