History Film / Ironclad

22nd Feb '16 8:54:36 AM TheBigBopper
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* AnArmAndALeg: King John punishes several of the rebels like this, including d'Aubigny.

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* AnArmAndALeg: King John punishes several of the rebels like this, by chopping off limbs, including d'Aubigny.



* HollywoodCostuming: As Lindybeige rants about in his [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pGKiOi76cI review video]], many of the costumes look more like modern leather biker wear or LARP gear than any kind of Medieval clothes or armor, with things such as obviously modern aluminum rivets and eyelets. There's obvious knitted faux maille, fiberglass helmets, etc. in close-up shots of characters. There's also a shot where you can see that King john's boots have heels, which didn't appear until the late Tudor period.

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* HollywoodCostuming: As Lindybeige rants about in his [https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pGKiOi76cI review video]], many of the costumes look more like modern leather biker wear or LARP gear than any kind of Medieval clothes or armor, with things such as obviously modern aluminum rivets and eyelets. There's obvious knitted faux maille, fiberglass helmets, etc. in close-up shots of characters. There's also a shot where you can see that King john's boots have heels, which didn't appear until the late Tudor period.



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfitsRagtagBunchOfMisfits: The castle's defenders are a makeshift crew from various walks of life.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film is based on the First Baron's War during King John's reign.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film is based on the First Baron's War during King John's reign.reign but takes a ''lot'' of artistic liberties with the setting, characters, and events.
22nd Feb '16 6:01:19 AM TheBigBopper
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** The historical accounts do say that King John and his army sent for forty fat pigs to fuel the fire in the tunnel under the walls, but they were pig ''corpses'', not live ones as depicted in the film. Live pigs have too much water in them to properly set on fire anyway.

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** The historical accounts do say that King John and his army sent for forty fat pigs to fuel the fire in the tunnel under the walls, but they were pig ''corpses'', not live ones as depicted in the film. Live You would not want the hazard of forcing a herd of live animals into a fire, and live pigs have too much water in them to properly set on fire anyway.



* BarbarianLonghair: The wild Danes wear their hair long and unkempt.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Reginald de Cornhill, who hangs himself and Lady Isabel's lady's maid, Maddy, who leaps to her death.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Reginald de Cornhill, who hangs himself and himself. Also Lady Isabel's lady's maid, Maddy, who leaps to her death.]]



* EatTheDog: During the siege the garrison had to kill and eat their horses (minus Marshall's because its a templar horse, and they are required to die in battle).
* FakeBrit: American Paul Giamatti affects a British accent for the role of King John.

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* EatTheDog: During the siege the garrison had to kill and eat their horses (minus Marshall's because its a templar Templar horse, and they are required to die in battle).
* FakeBrit: American Paul Giamatti affects a British accent for the role of King John.
battle).
22nd Feb '16 5:51:23 AM TheBigBopper
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* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: The castle is depicted as having twenty defenders, when it was actually more like a hundred.
21st Feb '16 9:03:14 PM TheBigBopper
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* HollywoodTorches: Iron wall torches and braziers are all over the castle courtyard, and are kept perpetually burning even during the daytime.



* KnightTemplar: Thomas Marshall, in the literal sense. Also quite possibly the only film in which the Templar characters are unequivocally the good guys.

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* KnightTemplar: TheKnightsTemplar: Thomas Marshall, in Marshall is a member of the literal sense. Also quite possibly Templar order. That makes this one of the only film very few films in which the Templar characters are unequivocally the good guys.



* MenAreTheExpendableGender: While loads of men are dying all around, even a little wound to Isabel or Agnes is treated as a much bigger deal.

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* MenAreTheExpendableGender: While loads of men are dying all around, even a little wound to Isabel or Agnes is treated as a much bigger deal.
21st Feb '16 8:59:36 PM TheBigBopper
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* ActionGirl: Justified and downplayed with Isabel and Agnes. Justified since women often helped in the defense during sieges by throwing things, cooking hot oil and sometimes fighting as well. Downplayed in that Marshall does not want them to learn how to fight, since he will supposedly protect them, but they still have to eventually. This while he is out for the count. When the castle is breached at the end, Agnes and Isabel each rack up a body count.

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* ActionGirl: Partly Justified and downplayed with Isabel and Agnes. Justified since women often helped in the defense during sieges by throwing things, cooking hot oil oil, and sometimes fighting as well.there are a few rare historical accounts of women who acquitted themselves reasonably well in battle. Downplayed in that Marshall does not want them to learn how to fight, since he will supposedly protect them, but they still have to eventually. This while he is out for the count. When the castle is breached at the end, Agnes and Isabel each rack up a body count. While their joining the fight might be justified by necessity, their fighting prowess do stretch credibility somewhat since women of their background did not have the same opportunities as men to learn martial skills and generally took part in direct combat as only a desperation measure.



* ChainMailBikini: Played straight and deconstructed. Isabel's "armor" is obviously designed more for {{Fanservice}} than protection, with detached sleeves that expose her naked shoulders and predictably get her wounded there.



* MenAreTheExpendableGender: While loads of men are dying all around, even a little wound to Isabel or Agnes is treated as a much bigger deal.



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The Danish.

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The Danish.Danes are foreign mercenaries.


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* ShownTheirWork: One soldier is seen wielding a very bizarre type of chopping weapon that appears in the illustrations of the 13th century Morgan Bible.
21st Feb '16 8:38:03 PM TheBigBopper
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** The historical accounts do say that King John and his army sent for forty fat pigs to fuel the fire in the tunnel under the walls, but they were pig ''corpses'', not live ones as depicted in the film. Live pigs have too much water in them to properly set on fire anyway.
21st Feb '16 8:34:23 PM TheBigBopper
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* AnAxeToGrind: Tiberius' weapon of choice.

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* AnAxeToGrind: Tiberius' weapon of choice.choice is an extra large double-bitted axe.


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* TheDungAges: Almost everybody is covered in grime, and things like wooden buildings and carts appear very ramshackle and shoddy.
21st Feb '16 8:30:48 PM TheBigBopper
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* AFatherToHisMen: Marshall and Tiberius are this.


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* ArmorIsUseless: Marshall cuts guys in half from shoulder to waist straight through their armor.


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* AFatherToHisMen: Marshall and Tiberius are this.
21st Feb '16 8:23:43 PM TheBigBopper
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** Rochester castle is beautifully realized, but there's no sign of the Norman Cathedral that should be right next door, nor of the city of Rochester itself on the river bank.

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** Rochester castle is beautifully impressively realized, albeit with a couple of goofs such as modern cement stonework, but there's no sign of the Norman Cathedral that should be right next door, nor of the city of Rochester itself on the river bank.
21st Feb '16 8:21:39 PM TheBigBopper
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* FakeBrit: Paul Giamatti as King John.

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* FakeBrit: American Paul Giamatti as affects a British accent for the role of King John.



** Mocked by Lindybeige's review: "When did he think that head protection was more appropriate than now!?"



* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: Only Lady Isabel, Marshall and Guy survive.]]

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* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: Only HollywoodCostuming: As Lindybeige rants about in his [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pGKiOi76cI review video]], many of the costumes look more like modern leather biker wear or LARP gear than any kind of Medieval clothes or armor, with things such as obviously modern aluminum rivets and eyelets. There's obvious knitted faux maille, fiberglass helmets, etc. in close-up shots of characters. There's also a shot where you can see that King john's boots have heels, which didn't appear until the late Tudor period.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Only
Lady Isabel, Marshall and Guy survive.]]
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