The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai ★★★★

A good old fashioned historical epic, The Last Samurai is bolstered by a refreshingly old-school approach to most of its storytelling. The film's look at samurai culture may be "rose tinted," but it still comes together to tell a great story about respecting the past as you move forward. The film's greatest asset is Ken Watanabe. His performance as the head of the samurai absolutely makes the film, and Tom Cruise is no slouch either. Though the white savior elements hold the film back, the film is still focused enough on its samurai leads to function as a solid piece of historical storytelling.