07 April 2011

Movie Time! This week: The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans, 1992.
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It's been a while since I talked movies on this here blog and I have to rectify this! Last night I watched The Last of the Mohicans, and since I can't seem to get it out of my head, I'm gonna blog all about it!

I've probably seen that movie at least 30 times, and that is a conservative estimate. It made me realize why I've been so down lately, it's because I haven't watched that movie in AGES! What was I thinking going so long between viewings? All joking aside, it's really put me in a good mood ever since I watched it, I think I might even watch it again tonight.

Epic fighting going on in this flick, squeamish folk be warned..
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Now, I'm not saying it's pick me up kind of movie, because it really isn't, but there is something really powerful about, and I'm not just talking about my love of Daniel Day-Lewis. Have I mentioned before how much I love Daniel Day-Lewis or discussed him at length? Oh, yeah, I have. Doing a quick search I see that I mentioned him here and here and here oh, and here, just to name a few, but I can see that it has been a while.  Did you hear that he's gonna play Lincoln in a bio pic directed by Spielberg (read about it here)? I mean, genius casting right? He already kinda looks like Lincoln, just click through the image source on the pic below to see a side by side comparison.

Daniel Day-Lewis.
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Anyway back to LotM, The movie is really good. In the strange case that you haven't seen it, I mean, it was released in 1992 so I'm guessing most people, especially movie lovers, have some familiarity with the film, but if you don't, I'll give you a rundown of why I love it.

First of all, it's beautiful to watch in HD, let me tell you from experience of having seen it many times on VHS, in HD it's truly awesome. The vibrant sweeping shots of the landscape make my heart ache to be out in the country. We are so lucky to live is such a beautiful place, aren't we? It makes me think of the song, America the Beautiful, which for some reason always chokes me up when I hear people singing it, but that's a topic for another day, isn't it?

"You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you.
No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you."
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The movie is based on the book of the same name (I haven't read the book, but Eli tells me it's good, and a bit different from the film, but aren't they always), and the story is an epic period piece, set during the times of the French and Indian war, full of good guys versus bad guys, damsels in distress, heroic and romantic gestures, I mean, all the great epic tropes that we know and love.

This is the younger sister, she has a beautifully tragic scene that will bring you to tears.
I hope I haven't said too much! I just had to mention it though,
because it's one of my favorite parts of the film. Bring tissues girls!
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Another thing about this movie that rules is the soundtrack. Epic and perfect for the film. You watch this movie and the score is stuck in your head for days, but unlike the latest Katie Perry song, you're not gonna hate having it stuck in your head. It's gonna make you smile. Below you will find a youtube video of the main song from the score. Listen and enjoy!

So basically that's about all I got on LotM for today. I just might watch it again tonight, supposing Eli doesn't mind watching it again, haha! And if you haven't seen it, I totes recommend. :) Good times!

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