I just love it when I spend a few hours writing a post and find out that Chrome somehow broke down and the post was never saved. I'm a bit too frustrated to rewrite the whole post, so I'll just rewrite the gist of it and then pose a question.
Zero Dark Thirty is an intriguing film. Looking at it as nothing more than a film, it's spectacular and makes really interesting use of sound. Looking at it in the context of history, current events, and the film's marketing, it becomes something much more polarizing. I have read argument after argument about whether or not the film is accurate, if it portrays torture in a positive or negative light, and if Kathryn Bigelow is allowed to call her film "the first draft of history" (personally, I took that statement to mean a "rough draft" of history, although others interpreted it differently). The history comment seems to have raised the most heated arguments. My guy and I even got into a pretty intense debate about it.
This brings me to ask, do you think that films can portray history? Can films be considered an accurate portrayal to any degree? Is it different if the film is a documentary?