I’m blatantly ripping this off Kemode and Mayo’s BBC film show where they had a feature on ‘the smallest hill you’d die on’ about when you watch something and a small detail on a subject you know about drives you mad. For example many Londoners went nuts at Thor 2 when he was on the tube and asked for advice on when to get off the train which was completely wrong, Londoners are very very serious about tube stops which can power lengthy conversations.
I had one yesterday watching The Crown with the wife. They had the Queen meet the PM of Malaysia and went to the trouble of including accurate Malay spoken through an interpreter. However every Malaysian PM has been perfectly fluent in English and Abdul Rahman, the one in question in 1958, studied in Cambridge University with a degree in Arts in Law and History. They wasted their time sourcing the Malay dialogue as he’d have been conversing in English and would never have had an interpreter on a visit to the UK where he’d already lived for 3 years previously.
As a counterpoint they have a ‘hill to yodel on’ where they get the smallest details perfectly right. My nomination for that is Invictus. A slight worry comes with a Hollywood adaptation of what is a very niche sport in the US in rugby (of which I am a massive fan and watch loads of games including the one in the film live many years ago). They recreated all the moves on the pitch and even the referee calls exactly as they should be and I was pleasantly surprised.
(They did have 5’10" Matt Damon play 6’5" Francois Pienaar but I’ll forgive that one as they need a name to sell the movie and his performance is pretty good otherwise).
Anyone else have some? Cue science nerds with several thousand.