Ok confession bear time: I really liked 47 Ronin. No for real. I swear I am not fucking with you. And yes I am talking about the Keanu Reeves flick. The one that bombed at the box-office and no one else seems to like. Upon watching the first trailer I was immediately intrigued. It is set in feudal Japan and has a bunch of samurai kicking some fucking demon ass. What’s there not to like?
Carl Rinsch’s directorial debut is based on the true and legendary tale of the forty-seven Ronin whose loyalty towards their defunct leader and Lord Asano Naganori lead them on a path of revenge and the ultimate sacrifice. Loyalty, honor and dedication made flesh. 47 Ronin is all that… with a bunch of demons, witches and shit. Again, what is there not to like?
As mentioned before 47 Ronin was far from being a big success. It did rather poorly at the box-office and to be honest I really don’t know why. It is the definition of a hugely entertaining Hollywood popcorn movie. One that can always be enjoyed no matter the occasion or mood. Is it a movie for the ages? Probably not. It is however a beautifully shot movie with tons of great ideas and a shitload of great looking character designs and visual effects. Just take a look at the antagonists our heroes have to face. They all look like characters straight out of a fucking shōnen manga. Badass.
Hell I even enjoyed Keanu Reeves in the movie. For once his monotonous and depressed facial expressions came in handy and fitted the tone and the back story of the main character Kai like a glove. For me however, the highlight among all the actors, the one that contributed tremendously to the “coolness” factor of the movie was without a shadow of a doubt Hiroyuki Sanada and his portrayal of the leader of the forty-seven Ronin Ôishi. You know that feeling when you watch a movie and tell yourself “yeah that dude is bad-ass” and you picture yourself being as cool but in fact you’re just a lousy fart compared to that said actor or character? Yeah he is that cool.
If you are looking for a movie that will entertain the hell out of you, look no further. 47 Ronin is the perfect film for that. A two-hour fairytale with some fine sword swinging, ass-whooping samurai action that will not feel boring for one damn second. Give it a go!