Written December 26, 2013
My friend and I went on Christmas morning in 3D format. It was surprisingly good and woukd recommend this movie. It was beautifully shot and the costumes were well done. It is a must see.
Written January 02, 2014
This movie is not great at anything, but is good at a lot of things. Good drama story, good love story, good special effects, and good acting. Though I am a Reeves fan, I was not in a hurry to see him play a Samurai in this. However, the way it was written, just like in the other 2 movies I like with him in it, Matrix and walk in the clouds, it worked. Nothing was overdone, the fight/karate scenes are not over the top as expected, but are artful and tasteful. Kinda like curse of the golden flower movie, but no where near as epic. My girlfriend who is not a big Reeves or karate movie fan, but does like good superhero movies of which there are few lately, also enjoyed it. We both liked it better than the last Thor, Superman, Spiderman and wolverine of which Thor was the only one that was decent.
Written December 29, 2013
Go! Great retelling of the story. Enjoyed the film very much. Hit a lot of the Japanese version of witches/magic. Really good. Saw in 2D. Did not detract at all. If you are a 3D fan will be great in that format as well.
Written December 25, 2013
I was at the first viewing yesterday. And my honest opinion is that 47 Ronin is wonderful in every way and go see it if you can.
If there had been any less of Keanu I would have been ticked off. Pacing could not have been better. Telling this ancient Japanese story for modern day audiences is very tricky. Since they had a bucket of money they made it extremely watchable with much spectacle and special effects.
But the naturalism of Kai in the woods, Kai in front of a fire, Kai with his peers, Kai with his abusers, Kai with a woman he knows he cannot have in this life. That is what is special about it for me. Not the amazing action, not the historic tale, not the exquisite cinematography, sound track, or costumes. It was his presence that made the movie. His understated and totally undeniable presence. His magical screen presence that lends itself perfectly to the ensemble cast. I am crystal clear why Keanu took this part. I will be seeing 47 Ronin again...and again.
Written December 26, 2013
As much as I have always loved reading books it's movies like this that make the point that there is really no comparison. Visually this movie is as stunning as they come. Saw it in 3-D, but I don't think the experience was worth any extra money, so definitely go see this, but skip the bump in payout.