When the script, by Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and John Logan, doesn't sabotage the images, and the great cinematographer John Toll turns action into poetry, The Last Samurai emerges as a haunting silent movie. show more
Too many mind and the story grows tedious or absurd. No mind and the spectacle suffices.
It's not just Hollywood convention that gets in the way of the story, it's the lack of depth, heft and heart at its core. show more