[Edited to correct the spelling of SamUrai]

Loved The Return of the King as indicated in an earlier post.  Saw it a second time with the rest of my family and it was still good.  But I'm here to say that I liked The Last Samurai better.

My wife loves all movies as long as they are romantic comedies.  She likes some dramas too as long as there is some romance and humor in them.  She grudgingly went with us to see TRotK just to experience the event.  I had to talk her into The Last Samurai.  She thought it looked too violent (and it is violent but not in a Natural Born Killers way).  But she is a sucker for Tom Cruise so off we went.

We both loved the movie and I have to say that after my second viewing of the King that I would much rather own Samurai when it comes out on DVD.  I would say that it even had more of those heart thumping moments that I love than King did.  You know, the ones you never get in those great artistic movies that everyone says are so much better than movies with action in them (“Tender Mercies“?  Give me a break).

In the “What does Tom Cruise have that I don't have” conversation that we always get into after my wife's 3rd or 4th Tom Cruise gush, I made the claim that he is older than I.  She scoffed and said, forget it....richer, better looking, more famous AND he is younger than you.  The Internet is a great thing and I came to find out that I am well over 6 months YOUNGER than that old Cruise crony.  Sure he's rich and famous but tell that to yourself when your feeding him strained peas!

Anyways, enough of my phobia that my wife would drop me like mildewed bread if she ever got a chance to really meet the Cruister.  I'm talking about a movie here.

Go see it if you haven't already.  Especially if you are seeing TRotK for the 5th time.

Comments (4)

  1. The spelling police says:

    It’s Samurai, not Samarai

  2. The Tender Mercies Police says:

    You know, your definition of "action" is pretty limited if you think "Tender Mercies" has no action. True, there are no space aliens getting run through with six-foot-long-laser-sabers, but something happens, something *significant* happens, in every scene of the best movie ever made.

    "Tender Mercies" is not just a static character study – Robert Duvall’s character goes through several significant transformations and encounters some of the most difficult situations faced by any human being. Becoming nationally famous. Marrying your equally famous sweetheart. Divorcing your famous sweetheart. Losing contact with your daughter. Falling into the depths of alcoholism and addiction. Meeting another woman who gradually turns your life around. And then, just as everything seems to be improving, as your career begins to be resurrected, as you make contact again with your long-lost daughter, as your relationship with your new family begins to grow … bang! Something truly awful happens and you think you’ve lost everything again.

    How does a man cope?

    If that’s not action, what is?

  3. Matt Powell says:

    My lead character can beat up your lead character. :-p

    You’re probably right. That adrenelin rush that occurs because your physical body is under the impression that it could possibly die any second probably happened to me through all kinds of scenes in Tender Mercies. And those poor pop singers that have to somehow deal with the millions of dollars they make and the millions of fans who woship them – I don’t know how their poor hearts can handle achieving the success they have been working all their lives to gain. It could cause someone to drink too much! In fact, their life might be so turned upside down that they might have to work a normal job for a few months for a beautiful woman. It just tears your heart apart.

    And don’t think I don’t know who you are…The Tender Mercies Police – phfew!

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