4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better than good but not quite fresh enough,
By A Customer
I love Tom. I'lll watch him in anything. If he moves, I watch, so I was certainly eager to see "Last Samurai." The first thing that disappointed me was that his character was so unsympathetic in the beginning that he plainly thought his boxoffice successes would carry him through that part. He could at least have been a sympathetic drunk. Things got more interesting when he arrived in Japan. When he paired in a scene with Ken Watanabe, however, he was upstaged. I hate to say this, Tom, but you picked a co-star too powerful for you. Not that you didn't look good, Baby . . . . The story wasn't quite fresh enough though it was done better than all the TV movies and World War II movies that featured the same plot. It all seemed too familiar. Cinematography of the battle was wonderful and that certainly held fascination, though I couldn't help wondering if we'd given up our protection of horses in movies along with all the other environmental retreats we have made. I didn't see a disclaimer at the end either and would like to be assured that those many upended, flailing horse bodies somehow weren't real. I felt the Japanese actors were exquisite in their roles, down to the children, while Tom's finest moment didn't come until he knelt prostrate before the Emperor. When the voiceover added the little homily at the end, if the director had just left it there and let us wonder what happened to Tom that would have been a good ending. But, the very last scene, haven't I seen Robert Mitchum do that or Jimmy Stewart or any number of TV actors complete that scenario? Cut!!!
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