A Sunday Movie Extravaganza!

Okay, yesterday was eventful because I watched SO many movies yesterday. I’m talking watching movies from 6am to 9pm before finally passing out into la la land (I’m meaning sleep, not the movie, lol.) It was such a random movie day that I wanted to share miniature versions of my experience with each film that I watched yesterday. Enjoy!

The First Movie: The Last Samurai

If you’re new to my blog you may not know this but The Last Samurai is one of my favorite movies of all time and it’s my personal favorite Tom Cruise film.

This movie, set in the 1800s’ and documenting the last days of the awe-inducing Samurai through the eyes of American Captain Algren (Tom Cruise), is an absolutely beautiful movie. Its sweeping score, composed by Hans Zimmer, carries the emotion of the film incredibly, leaving me in sheer awe (and goosebumps) every time I’ve ever watched this film. Ken Watanabe would get his only Oscar nomination for this movie as he portrays the leader of the last Samurai, Katsumoto.

Honestly, this movie needed more accolades, including a Best Picture nomination because it is utter perfection. Unlike The Great Wall which clearly follows the narrative of the superhero white guy (Matt Damon, in this case) who seems to know more and be more skilled at everything than the actual Chinese, The Last Samurai never tries to act like Tom Cruise’s Captain Algren is the savior of the samurai and I appreciate that.

He is merely a spectator and a friend who happens to share in this historic event alongside Katsumoto.

And yeah, every time I have ever watched this movie it has made me cry buckets. But unlike most movies which have super emotional scenes at the end of the film, The Last Samurai‘s emotional moments start with roughly forty minutes left in the film, hence leaving me sporadically crying my eyes out for forty minutes straight. So, as can be expected, when the movie ended and I was left wiping the waterfalls protruding from my eyes, my head was throbbing. What a way to start the morning right?

10/10 stars

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