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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

47 Ronin trailer: I do loves me some Keanu…

Well, the dialogue is hopelessly clichéd — “I’m not afraid”/”You should be” — but this looks kind of amazing. And I like how the fantasy stuff sneaks up on you; this seems at first as if it’s gonna be a purely historical film, and then comes the dragon and the giant beast thing.

I admit I might be stretching for stuff to like here.


US/Canada release date: Dec 25 2013 | UK release date: Dec 26 2013
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  • FormerlyKnownAsBill

    i love when keanu is the only one who can save us. this does look amazing.

  • Jurgan

    Hollywood can take a story in any place or time in history and still find a way to make it star a white guy (I know Keanu is part Asian, but this still looks like whitewashing to me). Between that, the hulking monster Asians, and a literal dragon lady, there’s some pretty racist shit in here.

  • LaSargenta

    Yeah, “literal dragon lady”. Looks like lovely CGI, but they needed different “I”.

    Aside from that, there’s a real legend about 47 ronin that has nothing to do with magic or otherworldlyness. But, it probably wouldn’t translate well to a blockbuster as the main theme of the legend is bushido.

  • singlestick

    This looks like Tom Cruise’s “The Last Samurai” meets “300” and “The Seven Samurai.” This really looks like a dopey video game mess of a movie. I didn’t realize until the trailer that the reference to the magnificent story of the 47 Ronin was a sad attempt to hijack a story that doesn’t need this kind of reboot.

    Unless I hear that this is a hidden gem, I will probably skip this movie.

  • RogerBW

    Yeah, to me this trailer says “Dances With Samurai 2: now with a younger actor”. Will avoid unless the reviews are amazing.

  • Dokeo

    Whoa.

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