‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Review: New TV Miniseries Slammed for Being Historically Inaccurate

The latest adaptation of Bonnie and Clyde’s love story is being criticised for glaring inaccuracies.

Bonnie and Clyde gained much of attention following the bloody bank-robbing spree about century ago, and now Lifetime, History and A&E Network believe that the interest of the audince will be high enoug as they premiere “Bonnie & Clyde” Sunday and Monday, Dec. 8 and 9. Photo: A&E Networks

Following History’s “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries incredible success and popularity, the  TV network have been looking for another well-known chapter of American history that resonates the same way: familiar but not too familiar.

The just presented four-hour miniseries, starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger, was in production before the History hit, sources familiar with the matter told reporters.

It has a cinematic feel and it barery has any risks, particularly with showing Clyde’s sixth sense and Bonnie’s hysteria and presenting the story in a leisurely fashion.

“It is a morality story and has some parallels to our modern era,” Hirsch tells Zap2it. “They were almost the original reality TV stars. They were playing out their lives in the media, and that is an interesting parallel.”

“I feel like something about the Bonnie and Clyde story will appeal to people for generations and generations,” Hirsch continues. “It is a real love story that is flawed and tragic. As horrible as they were, the one thing that was always consistent, that never changed, was their love for each other.”

However, according to critics, the latest adaptation of the well-known history of love flips the dynamic between the two criminals rewriting Bonnie Parker as the mastermind behind their notorious crime spree.

But the writers of the series are defending their historical view of the events, despite the network’s adaptation is being slammed the four-part docu-drama for taking vast liberties, especially since it is airing on the History Channel.

“In the current retelling it is Bonnie who convinces Clyde to embark on their criminal escapades, while the troubled young man is plagued by prophetic visions of his bloody end and would rather settle down and have a family,” The Daily Mail notes.

“But the real story involved Clyde Barrow initiating and instigating their often violent behaviour, even according to some accounts manipulating young Bonnie Parker into robbing, stealing and murdering their way to their own deaths in 1934.”

Co-writer of the series Joe Batteer defended the script, saying: “There’s opinions and points of view. Ultimately, we’re dramatists and we’re trying to tell a story.”

“We don’t just want to write down the facts. Hell, anyone can do that. We’re interested in telling a tale, taking people on a ride and we think we did.”

And his collaborator John Rice agreed with the colleague noting:  “We like to say there are 57 truths in Bonnie & Clyde that people don’t know anything about.”

He went on, adding: “Other movies didn’t get four hours of screen time to tell all the truths. Our conceit is based on truth for both of the characters, that everything is 100 percent true is probably not true…”

“There’s so much that we get to tell by shaping it as a drama that adheres first to a story that people want to watch as opposed to a historical retelling in a chronological order.”

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