The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise had his forehead vein on full throttle with this movie. His acting from Magnolia feels like it has stuck with him when watching him perform emotional scenes. Some of his fight scenes were actually really good. There's a great instant slow-mo-replay for a particular fight scene that made me want to stand up and cheer.
TLS felt like a mix between Glory and Gladiator towards the end. I appreciate the care Edward Zwick made with the history of the Samurai, but I felt like I was being force fed with symbolism towards the end. Overall, I recommend this movie if you are into Eastern culture, freshly mowed battle fields, and epic 2 plus hours of slicin 'n dicen. Just set it and forget it!
BTW, I notice more and more people are totally ignoring commericals before movies. I prefer having a healthy conversation with the person I'm with or even an elderly stranger sitting next to me before I pay 8 dollars to watch commericals.
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