Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Film Review: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

The Last of the Mohicans (Review)
United States/1992
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

During the French and Indian War in 1757, Mohican Chingachgook, his sons, Uncas and Nathaniel Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), who is an adopted white, stumble upon and disrupt a Huron ambush saving sisters Alice and Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe). They are unwillingly brought into an epic conflict of war and vengeance.

The Last of the Mohicans is an epic historical piece. It's story revolves around many different themes from racial tensions, war and politics, vengeance, and much more; it all depends on how you look at it. Fortunately, the film doesn't preach and simply presents these issues to the audience. The story follows Nathaniel and his family as they assist Cora Munro and her party to safety, and Nathaniel sticks around for his personal interest in Cora. Safety, however, is only temporary as war reaches their doorstep and Nathaniel attempts to free the deceived militia. Tension continued to escalate as the enraged Magua continues to pursue vengeance. All of these spectacular events are captured in under 2 hours, so you can expect the film to have that "full" feeling.

I feel the main purpose of the story is to entertain through its immersive world, its interesting characters and conflicts, and its superb action sequences. The story blends elements of action, romance, and light social commentary, along with excellent technical feats, to keep a strong momentum up to its stunning finale - an ending that unexpectedly left me breathless. The story is effectively complimented by the cinematography and music, which contribute to the overall immersion of the film. The film may not be 100% accurate regarding history, but it captures certain aspect well enough without sacrificing entertainment.

The acting is great from the entire cast. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers an authentic performance as Nathaniel; he delivers his dialogue smoothly and often with great power or genuine wit. Madeleine Stowe is equally impressive with a generally sustained performance, but delivers great emotional power in certain scenes. The music is fantastic; the music is very consistent and may be a bit repetitive, but it works very well with every scene; the soundtrack blends incredibly well with the film, and effectively compliments this incredible world we're brought into. On that note, the cinematography also superbly compliments this world as it effectively captures its beautiful scenery.

Overall, The Last of the Mohicans is an excellent historical epic. The action is spectacular, the romance helps develop the character, the world is immersive, and the story doesn't preach; the music is mesmerizing and helps create an epic vibe, the cinematography is stunning, and the direction is flawless. The story entertains from its beautiful introduction to its jaw-dropping finale - that is an incredible accomplishment. I highly recommend purchasing The Last of the Mohicans.

Score: 10/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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