January 15th, 2008

Mini Me

Movie Review: The Last Samurai

I'm a huge fan of Rurouni Kenshin, which is set before and after the time of this movie, so I both really, really wanted to see it and really, really didn't.

On the negative side it stars Tom Cruise, it's 2 1/2 hours long, Tom Cruise produced it, I know just enough about the time period to be picky if they screwed up the history, and Cruise making a big budget movie so he'd get to be an American Samarai sounded like this could be headed into Gary Stu territory.

On the plus side I kept hearing that the set and costume designers really did their homework and it would be fun to see things that I'd only seen in manga, anime, and old black and white photos in a big budget movie.

In any case, I spotted it on the shelf at the library so since it was free and included an episode of the History Channel's History vs. Hollywood series I decided it was worth a shot.

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