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Monday, May 12, 2014

Movie Review: 47 Ronin

For those who don't know, I love martial arts. It has been an integral part of my life since I was fifteen. I absolutely love a well choreographed fight scene. While I'm not big on the traditional old foreign martial arts film style of using wires to an extreme, I do love an excellent martial arts movie. 47 Ronin surprised me in a very big, and wonderful, way. I'm not sure why, but I didn't expect much out of it. Unfortunately that means I didn't go see it in the theater and I regret that deeply. This would have been phenomenal on the big screen.

The story was excellent, a good, Americanized retelling of the tale of the 47 Ronin. The acting was compelling and I loved Keannu in this role. His fight scenes in particular were quite spectacular. I was reminded of Brad Pitt's scenes in Troy, only better. Yes, you read that right. Keannu's fight scenes were even better. I can hardly believe I wrote that, being such a big fan of Brad in Troy. But there you have it. The ending will shock those who aren't up on their Japanese culture, and many will hate it for that. But it is true to the culture in that way and I loved it for that.

If you're looking for a happily-ever-after or feel good movie, skip this one. But if you love martial arts, spectacular fight scenes, and incredible cinematography with exceptional creatures, then don't miss this.

2 comments:

  1. Don't really watch martial arts movies, but this one might be a good one to rent. Thanks for letting us know about it.

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