This weekend I rented 47 Ronin, a movie with some of the same characters as the famous story of the 47 ronin of Japan from a couple hundred years ago. I would say it is based on the story, but really I would be lying to you.
Rotten Tomatoes, that movie review site, gives 47 Ronin a rating of 13% out of a possible 100%, placing it a solid 16% worse than Tideland. Tideland was so terrible that it broke the cardinal rule of movies; a sequel to the original would excel it. But more on that another time as Tideland deserves its own post. Opinions can differ on many things, but the fact is, Tideland is worst movie ever made. Ever. Ever ever.
Keanu Reeves stars as a blah blah, half demon, yada yada, swords, witches, samurai, halfwitted stares into the distance, who cares. Nobody has ever accused Keanu of brilliant acting, but he makes a fun action hero. You want him to defeat evil and you turn to his movies for a good time, not for intellectual stimulation. Go, Keanu, go! Say your lines and kill the bad guy in cool ways. Time for some popcorn.
All those reviewers who gave 47 Ronin a poor rating need to remember why the watched the film in the first place. They wanted action and that’s exactly what they got. If, as they stated, “…one dimensional roles” is a negative, why did Titanic get 88%? (Ha, ha, I took a pot shot at Titanic. Take that, American public that loved it!)
47 Ronin should have received a rating in the low 50s. If you just want to see a bunch of samurai with swords fight demons (and a witch-fox-dragon-whatever thing) for honor, while facing certain death, buy some milk duds and rent this one.
Personal note: Milk duds happen to be excellent for removing any annoying dental work cluttering up your mouth.
Keep your expectations for 13% and this movie will exceed them with flying colors.