The Army Vet in me gets incredibly irked when I see a film that has a soldier with his/her uniform just utterly wrong. Is it too much to ask the producers to take a moment, do some homework, and get it right?
As a veteran, I also get bothered by movie scenes depicting military customs incorrectly. However, I have learned that these irregularities are often done purposely because after all, the filmmakers are presenting a fictionalized account of things.
Hell, I'm only a Cub Scout vet and that annoys me.
I'm pretty vocal about that annoyance too when I see it. It ruins some movies, too.
Right with you...and Zod's comment. Authenticity goes right out the window.
Unless it is a documentary, then it is fiction and I don't expect one aspect to be true to life while the rest of the show is not
Really irks me to see Navy uniforms overly sloppy.
You do know that military informs in movies are wrong because they have to be by law right?
I did not know that.
Where is this law? Many movies are done with extensive military support and the unis are spot on. Top Gun and Hunt for Red October being two examples.
Lip posted the law below.
(f) While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force.
This is the reason my wife can't watch military movies with me. I spend the whole time saying "that's wrong". Lol
My sister does the same thing. We were watching a movie set in 1911 and she turns to me and says, "the dress that woman is wearing didn't come out until 1914." Theater major with a focus on costume design.
Hate to burst your bubble, it's against federal law to wear the uniform correctly, unless you are authorized to wear it. That's why you see mistakes by Hollywood. It's intentional.
Lol. The services get a lot of free recruiting out of TV and movies. They can waive their uniform requirements as they wish. Mistakes are just that. Mistakes.
No it's actual federal law. 10 usc 771, 772.
Thus they make minor errors to insulate themselves from possible litigation.
The regulation you cite says it is legal. No errors needed.
Why anyone would try to make up facts in the age of the internet is beyond me.
It's HollyWood. They don't respect the military.
Actually, it's policy. They don't want to be accused of "impersonating a soldier". They have to have a certain amount of discrepancies in order to avoid accusation.
I shouldn't say "policy". It's more of a guideline. Some producers are afraid of lawsuits. Others are willing to risk it for accuracy. Some are just lazy.
Lighten up, it's a movie.
My hubby is a stickler for that too.
Absolutely, yes! I salute my latte at you!
Oh Heck yah! Bugs the crap out if me and I have never worn a uniform. I was just raised on military bases...
That and the ridiculous stereotyping of university students. If going to college looked ANYTHING like that, we would be known as the United Drunk, Illiterate, Oversexed, Smelly Employee Supply of America.
It's fantasy. They get everything from most jobs not quite right.
I think the same thing sometimes and I was only in JROTC. Mainly it's when they have their BDU sleeves rolled up wrong and the inside is showing.
That's how Marines roll up their sleeves.
Why would they do it that way?
Not just uniforms. I tried, really wanted, to like the movie Gravity, but by the end I'd lost respect for and hated everyone in it or associated with it. And I almost can't watch anything involving aviation or firearms.
I feel exactly the same way. Can't stand movies that don't even try to get it right. Movies like Platoon show that Hollywood CAN get it right when they want to.
I had a CO who had served there, he used to point out all kinds of little details that were spot on that I'm sure few people even noticed.
Yep, same here about the military uniforms. And the movie "Flight" was ridiculous.
They almost always get the flag wrong.
I understand. I'm the same way with things I'm familiar with.
I feel the same way about movie portrayals of lawyers and courtrooms. I imagine doctors feel the same way about medical scenes. Not the things you just suspend your disbelief for as a concession to the narrative - like throwaway comments that or
terminology that would be no different to the average viewer if they could've bothered to get it correct. Annoying. I guess the special effects are more important, or something.
I was going to say the same thing. I can't hardly stand watching movies about trials! But Im getting better at letting it go and trying to enjoy the ride in fantasy land.
Totally get it.
Oh, my hubs gets mad about that, too.
I get it. I get irked when I see teachers portrayed in unrealistic ways.
I understand, and think they should. But it happens to all of us. It's a little different than the military uniform, but just about anytime I hear someone on TV or in a movie talking about how a machine or car works I kinda get irked too.
I think it's one on purpose. There are laws against wearing a military uniform if not in the military, even if it's only a movie. The uniforms are incorrect on purpose.