Cinema Sins has decided to celebrate the 4th of July by going back and finding Everything Wrong with the Patriot. The Roland Emmerich directed film from 17 years ago stars Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Rene Auberjonois, Adam Baldwin, Donal Logue and Tom Wilkinson… which is a pretty amazing cast when you think about it. It tells the story of a peaceful farmer who is driven to lead the Colonial Militia after a sadistic British officer kills his son. The film was well received, having an 81% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But now we are in a time where Gibson has gotten himself ostracized from Hollywood, Ledger has passed away and Emmerich hasn’t had a well received movie since. The sins include a lot of historical inaccuracies and one particular scene which seemed to be way over-the-top violence wise and not really fitting with the rest of the movie. I remember watching this film and liking it a lot.
The fact that they’ve gone to this film for the holiday makes me wonder how many more patriotic films do they have for future 4th of Julys? We’ll next year we see Everything Wrong with Yankee Doodle Dandy? Everything Wrong with 1776?