Aoi Minato

Aoi Minato

Aoi Minato Quick Links

Film RSS

The Last Samurai Review


OK

Perhaps the title "Dances with Samurai" was already taken when "Gladiator" screenwriter John Logan began work on this grandiose Oscar-baiting epic about a drunk, disillusioned Civil War veteran who is sent to Japan to help Westernize its military, but instead comes to embrace the honor and discipline of the ill-fated warrior class he's meant to defeat.

"The Last Samurai" does bear an undeniable structural and emotional resemblance to Kevin Costner's 1990 American frontier drama, also about a 19th-century soldier who casts off his imperialist ways to be absorbed into a native culture. But in this film the white man is played by Uber Movie Star Tom Cruise with a melodramatic steamer-trunk's worth of emotional baggage -- two factors that tend to draw focus away from the fact that a culture is being obliterated and toward the interloper's personal journey through self-loathing to redemption and heroism.

With his feathered, over-conditioned hair and blinding white teeth, Cruise is inescapably incongruous with 1870s Japan, but he does turn in an otherwise strong performance as army captain Nathan Algren, a man haunted by memories and beset by the remorse for his part in the Indian Campaigns that wiped out thousands of Native Americans in the name of Manifest Destiny.

Continue reading: The Last Samurai Review

Aoi Minato

Aoi Minato Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

The Cranberries - All Over Now Video

The Cranberries - All Over Now Video

More than a year since the death of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries are soon to return with their eighth and final album 'In the End'.

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor, under her new moniker Self Esteem, began her latest tour at Ramsgate Music Hall.

Advertisement
Vampire Weekend - Sunflower ft. Steve Lacy Video

Vampire Weekend - Sunflower ft. Steve Lacy Video

Vampire Weekend are set to drop their new album 'Father of the Bride' on May 3rd 2019 and have now unveiled a video for their latest track...

New Kids On The Block - Boys In The Band (Boy Band Anthem) Video

New Kids On The Block - Boys In The Band (Boy Band Anthem) Video

With the Jonas Brothers, Westlife and Backstreet Boys getting back together recently, we should hardly be surprised that New Kids on the Block are...

10 greatest Prodigy songs of all time

10 greatest Prodigy songs of all time

Our all-time favourite Prodigy songs from their entire back catalogue.

Advertisement

Aoi Minato Movies

The Last Samurai Movie Review

The Last Samurai Movie Review

Perhaps the title "Dances with Samurai" was already taken when "Gladiator" screenwriter John Logan began...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.