The true history of the American Civil War is a living subtle monster that most of America and those worldwide shove down and cover up with falsehoods. Heroic Lincoln, pro or anti-slavery, racism primarily in the South-- all side-winding cover-up distractions from what really happened. If those are side-winding distractions, what, then, really did happen?
The answer is for those who value the truth, and Copperhead presents the truth so that those who have ears may hear it.
Movies don't usually come as good as Copperhead. Movies aren't usually as researched, as story-telling, as old-fashioned, as Copperhead. Movies aren't usually as willing to present the truth delectably as Copperhead.
The research is unusually thorough. The accuracy is down to the minutest detail, with a strong Irish presence felt as it was at the time, the Irish discrimination, the simple, hard working lifestyles, the central influence of the church, the singing, classic story-telling around a pot-belly stove, the equipment, machinery, animals, even the way the viewer perceives everything through the camera lens is settled and old fashioned like the times.
Particularly it is uplifting to hear the truth so gently, artfully, but unwaveringly presented in such a complete breakaway from the usual hesitancy to face up to what really happened.
So if anyone is looking to watch a good movie, a well-researched, beautifully story-telling, old fashioned movie, if anyone is looking to watch a movie that candidly tells the truth, go no further than Copperhead.
(Note: There is one star less in this review as a result of a graphic death of the villain. Skip that scene. Also, there is a few kiss scenes. Those are unnecessary.)