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The use of exaggeration in semi-biographical films
With the release of films such as Ip Man, Braveheart, The Social Network, and Imitation Game, more and more famous heroes of the past and present are getting the Hollywood treatment, and are made to seem beyond the realm of fantastic in most cases. What kind of effect does this have on the reputation of historical characters, and does exaggeration only add to the enjoyment of a film, or does it detract from the greatness of reality?