In answer to the question “Why do some English people have such a problem with the film Braveheart?” David Wright wrote a reply tailored to the fact that Quora is pitched at people in the USA. His response is as follows:
“ Let me put it this way. I make a movie about the American Civil War, with General Lee as the hero and General Grant as the villain. Naturally, I will entitle it “Stonewall”
A reader added the comment that “To add more historic “accuracy” Lee's troops should be wearing Aztec head dress and WW1 fatigues to combat.”
David Wright adds later on in the discussion that Mel Gibson is to history what Attila the Hun is to baby-sitting. Now that’s a comment to remember and adapt to circumstances.
Now if you are tempted to say “But it’s only a film!” think of its impact on some in the Scottish nationalist community and, in consequence, as an obvious example, their embarrassing willingness to daub themselves in blue and while body paint on pro-independence marches and demonstrations. Bad history in the cause of any form of nationalism is deeply dangerous, and too easily leads to bad politics and bad decisions. Oh sorry, that is a conclusion from History, not Hollywood.