By the time I heard that 47 Ronin would be remade, my mind traveled far to the glorious day of Kagemusha or to be fair, to a recent past, when The Last Samurai was just released. 47 Ronin, in my opinion, should have been able to visualize the great experience or at least the visual to one of the most iconic moments in the Japanese history. I finally watched the film last night on DVD, I could see that recreating an epic had been a heavy task, I would say that the storyline on which this film was based on is fantastic, the wardrobe/costumes are also lavish and not to forget the great cinemaphotography. In short, the digital effects (special effects) are very cool, it’s like a full demonstration of modern day cinema, what it is capable of. The story, the actors, costumes, sets, tradition depiction, special effects, music, everything is absolutely perfect. Two hours of pure happiness in 3D.
HOWEVER…..(what follows would be a bit negative)…in my humble opinion, this film lacks the grande elements (my way of saying ‘epic’). The use of special effects is a way too much, I understand the necessary use of CGI but properly. I hate the way this film ‘betrays’ the originality of the historical event by portraying ‘the beast’. The CGI landscape is also annoying, the supposedly-great film felt ‘fake’. Despite the adequate and neat final art direction, ‘47 Ronin’ ends up looking like a B film, destroying the prospect of achieving its blockbuster status. This film should have been more emphasizing the emotional content, the sacred tradition and codes of the bushido where “words are mightier than swords” saying really implemented. Too bad, this film really had great potential but the advancement of technology ruined it all. Forgive me Mister Rinsch : )
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