Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020) Reviews
I found this mixture of drama and documentary to be extremely entertaining, visually and educational. I’ve read a few books about the siege of Constantinople, and always thought “what a great story, why doesn’t any film make a living out of it?”. When I found out that it was a Turkish production, I was afraid it would be based because they are so close to being subject to purpose, but the basics of the story are accurately demonstrated.
Yes, he patted Giustini and added some female characters while other heroes are missing. He simplified a lot of stuff and explained the siege and the characters’ motivations before delving deeper. But what was cut the most is historically accurate, always allowing for conflicting accounts and different viewpoints. The choices were clearly drawn, based on which there was a better dramatic understanding and which was more realistic to glorify this or that side.
Download Netflix Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 1 (English) 720p [300MB]
Some Turkish reviewers say that “this is not how it happened” (meaning “what I was taught in school is not”) and even believe that Sultan Mehmat had actually shot his cannons. Had designed himself. Now one of his biographers may have reported, but how is it possible that a 20-year-old prince may not have the knowledge of metallurgy who designed the most advanced weapons of his time?
Anyway, I found that the producers use the source material well and come up with an entertaining initiation-drama that generally respected historical truth. If you want more nuances, read some books! I am already looking forward to the next series.