Far-Right Conspiracy Theory.
Ah, revisionist history. It’s long had a place in film, from Birth of A Nation to The Patriot, spreading misinformation and spin about historical events to the point that they become fact in the pop-culture subconscious. This cinematic re-writing of the past has perpetuated many myths that are beginning to be widely accepted by the general public. Sadly, since many of today’s youth are educated by television and film instead of more reliable sources like the internet, many children mistakenly believe that humans evolved from apes, or that the Holocaust happened.
The Alamo carries on this tradition, by presenting a fairly offensively inaccurate portrayal of the Texas Revolution that gives us American saints and Mexican devils. The film would have you believe that the Texas rebels were a group of loyal and noble Americans, standing up for justice and human rights, throwing off the yoke of their Mexican oppressors. The Mexicans were led by the tyrannical Santa Anna, a bloodthirsty 12 meter-tall despot with the body of an angel and the head of an owl, who rode into battle brandishing a sabre atop a black wolf. He killed without mercy, executed prisoners, and governed 30 legions of spirits. Of course, none of this is actually true. I've met several Mexicans, mainly while they were serving me 49 cent tacos at Three Amigos, and while they may have been eyeing my watch, they didn't appear particularly bloodthirsty. What really happened is that a bunch of white people moved into a Mexican province, decided they’d like to keep it, then launched a revolt once a Mexican law was passed denying them their ‘right’ to slavery. Of course, none of this is mentioned in the film, and we’re just treated to a bunch of Americans being rough, tumble, but good hearted men, and the Mexicans eating abortions.
Not that The Alamo is all white-washed history. There’s an effort made to show Sam Houston as a drunk, and Davie Crocket as kind of a coward, but they both manage to overcome their faults in time to give some ethnics a good ol’ fashioned American ass whuppin’. And Santa Anna was sort of a monster. But still, that’s not enough to make up for glaring omissions and historical inaccuracy, all in the name of raising masturbatory American pride. The film is even directed by a guy named John Hancock, which makes me suspect this is all just an elaborate propaganda effort to bolster patriotism, like those phony White House news reports, or the fake moon landing.