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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The theatrical cut gets this from some people. Since the cut focused on Stonewall Jackson as the primary—some might say sole—protagonist, it featured a primarily Southern POV. This made the Hollywood History elements of the script (like Jackson's slave cook being replaced with a freeman, skipping over major events like Antietam) stand out almost like propaganda. It's arguable all the scenes kept were necessary to maintain at least one full Character Arc, but when the film stops to feature an in-universe song and dance of "The Bonny Blue Flag" instead of addressing stuff like the Emancipation Proclamation...
  • Awesome Music:
    • Bob Dylan's "Cross the Green Mountain", the eight-minute end credits Award Bait.
    • Mary Fahl's "Going Home", the Award Bait song that is played at the opening.
  • Iron Woobie: Jackson.
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  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A First-Person Shooter game based on the film was released for PC, but being from the same studio as the infamous Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, was both a technical and critical flop.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The movies handling of the Confederacy's slavery has been criticized. Only two major black characters are featured in the story and both support Confederacy, making it seem like most of the slaves supported the cause of the Confederacy (they did not). There's a lot of whitewashing involving Jackson's view on slavery making it seem like he opposed slavery, when most records said he supported it, at the very least thinking of it as a Necessary Evil, though its just as likely thought of it as a right sanctioned by God like many of his peers. Talk of freeing slaves to join the Confederate army is suggested in the film which takes place in the early to middle part of the war, when the Confederacy only started taking the idea seriously just as the war the was reaching its end and the Confederates were trying to grab whatever pragmatic option they could to turn the tide of mounting defeats.


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