George Washington is given chainsaw arms in “America: The Motion Picture.” That’s not insignificant in terms of historical rewrites. Why not present a ridiculous version of 1776 that incorporates mechanical weapon limbs if the cherry tree tale was always fiction — not to mention the hundreds of other anecdotes about historical people that have twisted their way into common knowledge of the Great Men of History? This film comes as near to making a significant argument as it gets. This will not be their cup of Boston Lager if they deem anything less than veneration for the Founders to be insufficient. Others searching for an incisive critique of Ameri’s mythologizing will find it here. IMDB
The first third of “America: The Motion Picture,” written by “Wonder Woman 1984” scribe and “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” creator Dave Callaham, channels the frantic energy of a 12-year-old playing with a slew of mismatched action figures and trying to concoct a storyline on the spot that involves them all. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte) is as much an instigating occurrence for this version of the American Revolution as any British colonial tax scheme. A hidden bomb plan has killed most of the individuals shown in the famous Trumbull painting.