If you have a film that is based on a true story, but the true story is a novel that is based on a true story, can you actually say that the film is based on a true story? Whew, I know, talk about a mouthful isn’t it?
The new film Lawless with Shia LaBeouf is based on the novel ‘The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant. Now, for those of you just joining Escaping the Inkwell, let me add in a bit of back story.
Back in October of last year (2011) I wrote a critique of ‘The Wettest County in the World. I wasn’t mean, but I had a point to make. You can read the first post HERE and the followup post HERE. Good times. I know it’s slightly silly, but I did find it funny and somewhat flattering that my comments were actually addressed by the author himself. Who knew.
Anyways, my point is, this book by Matt Bondurant is a novel. It may say it is based on a true story, but it is still a novel. If it was factual, it would be in the non-fiction section of the library. It would have those cool little numbers…. You know, Dewey decimal? But it’s not. It is in the fiction section.
So, if a movie, which always alters a story, says that it is based on a true story, and that story is actually a novel…. what are you actually seeing? How can they say that this Lawless film is based on a true story?
Sort of a rant, but more just food for thought. Anyone else have some added thoughts? I’d love to hear them. And feel free to check out my original posts on the book.