So, what with all of the Spring storms going on lately, I decided it was movie time, since that's basically what I do when there's the possibility of losing power/internet. Because if my computer or PS3 go out when the power does, they might not come back. My TV? Reliable as hell, so I don't even have to worry. And like 99% of the time, nothing happens anyway. Anyways, I was looking through my library of movies (that feels smaller and smaller every time I look at it) and decided, "Y'know what, I've been on a Sengoku Era kick lately, let's watch The Last Samurai."
Now. Anyone who has seen The Last Samurai knows just how I made myself feel like an idiot with that. Because, in my head, I really thought it was based about 200 years earlier than it actually is in the movie. For absolutely no reason; I've watched the movie before, nothing is a surprise about it. I just completely forgot about the trains, weaponry, the war with the Indians as pretty much a major plot point, and all of that. So instantly, I go, "D'oh." but it's a good movie anyway, so I went ahead and kept with it.
|"At least they're all pointing the same way." Pretty much a direct quote, actually.|
Shortly after arriving, he finds that the term "Rag-Tag" can't really adequately describe the army that's amassed under the Emperor (or, rather, the Emperor's Mouthpiece) that he has to train, but, still attempts it, given that he's there with a rather upstanding couple of Generals and an old friend. There's a few scenes that give a good look into the character of Nathan, who's clearly suffering from some issues from his time in the war; always a specific event that's left vague for a good portion of the movie, but still, everything to this point has been a warm-up to the real meat of the movie.
Now, I'm not going to act like you can't see. This is slightly spoilerific, but come on, Tom Cruise is on the goddamn cover with Samurai Armor. So it should come as no surprise that through certain circumstances, he's captured by the Samurai he's been hired to fight, and ends up spending a lot of time with them (given that it's Winter, and battle has all but halted under the conditions.). And also, clearly, he ends up warming up to them and their way of life, their customs, and their understanding of the situation. This is basically what the movie wants to express.
|"So, why haven't we killed each other already?"|
I should state here that I'm not necessarily a Tom Cruise fan. Neither am I someone who dislikes him, it's just that I really couldn't name any movie other than this and Legend (which I bought for my girlfriend a couple years ago and watched it with her) that I've seen, so I can't really comment on his ability. Oh, Tropic Thunder. I saw that. He was pretty great in that, if only because he must have completely lost his mind prior to agreeing to it. Actually, prior to volunteering for it. As far as this movie goes, he does pretty well, really well, in fact, but is actually a little outshined for me by the others in the movie itself.
|Like a Baws.|