A Hollywood big-budget re-telling of one of the most-filmed Japanese legends but having Keanu Reeves as a Japanese samurai even if he plays a half-breed half-demon is a weird creative decision as he feels totally wrong for the role. It also doesn't help the film that the strong story is hampered with fantasy sequences that lack basis in reality or is good enough to make it become a true fantasy movie.
In an age when a Taiwanese director can make English-language films and an Iranian director can make films in Japanese, why does a cast of mostly native Japanese-speaking actors have to speak Engrish? While cultural appropriation is not inherently bad, this "300"-ization of the 47 Ronin tale lacks both authenticity and imagination. If injecting the supernatural, do some homework on Shintoism and Japanese lore first.
The outsider view of a mixed race main character would have worked great as a deconstruction of Fuedal, Patriachical and racial structures in Japanese history but the film brings up those themes and decides to uphold them as honorable virtue's for men to idolize. The story of The 47 Ronin is already ultra-nationalist but the film's fantasy element goes and enhances that. This film is as if Zach Synder...(continue)
It's hard to imagine who Universal thought the audience for this movie was. Even ignoring the fact that Japanese viewers were offended by the injection of demons and witches into one of their national legends, and Keanu Reeves hasn't been a marquee name in years, this action/fantasy film's action sequences still display little flair and the entire production is weighed down by a stifling sense of self-importance.
Mostly good, one of the characters was a little under-developed, and one of the creatures had rainbow-colored fur(briefly) but hey! who's perfect? I found myself wanting to watch it again a week later. Keanu Reeves does a pretty good acting job, come on guys! 2 stars???
Um filme de acção com um elenco péssimo e com falta de respeito pela cultura japonesa. An action movie with a terrible cast and lack of respect for the Japanese culture. Crítica completa/Full review: http://milimetroamilimetro.blogspot.pt/2014/01/47-ronin-grande-batalha-samurai.html
Senza dubbio una delle ciofeche del 2014;brutto e quasi comico in ogni suo aspetto,ha almeno il pregio di non risultare fastidioso(vedi 300) e scivola via come l'acqua nel water.La cosa peggiore secondo me sono i dialoghi,ma anche i combattimenti e i personaggi non scherzano.Keanu Reeves poi ancora non ho capito cosa c'entri,ma il pezzo in cui plagia Rambo 3 merita la mia approvazione.....cafonata,ma divertente.2*
Sfilacciato nella parte centrale, manca una profonda analisi del personaggio principale e sbaglia quando tenta di spingere un approccio per il pubblico occidentale. Poteva tranquillamente rimanere ancorato alla tradizione orientale, con i suoi tempi, la rappresentazione del dramma e coreografie estreme nei combattimenti come nei migliori wuxia degli ultimi anni. Resa altalenante ma ne esce tutto sommato onesto.
This is a movie about acceptance and racism wrapped in Japanese martial arts and good special effects, focusing on the life of Kai. All's good in the paper but bad in the execution as much as all the Japanese characters speak English with special note on Kai who speaks in American accent. Well, this is a movie about non discrimination, so it is important to dumb down the dialogue too. Not.