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Family Movie Review: 47 Ronin (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13          Length: 119 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film takes place in feudal Japan and embellishes on accepted historical fact by adding witchcraft, monsters, and various CGI beasts; there’s lots of fighting and some wounds and decapitation, although they’re not gory; some kissing; some suggested but not depicted sexual content; and some mild cursing.

The story of ’47 Ronin’ deserved better than this film, which wastes its large cast, undermines Keanu Reeves, and slaps too much CGI on the screen to distract viewers from its poor storytelling. Where, exactly, did the $225 million budget go?

By Roxana Hadadi

The legend of the 47 ronin, one of Japan’s most well-known and accepted historical facts, deserves better than the westernized would-be blockbuster, “47 Ronin.” Underdeveloped in its script and overwrought in its imagery, the film has spectacularly wasted its reported $225 million. How was that money used? It’s nearly impossible to tell, since the movie you’re watching certainly doesn’t deliver in quality what is supposedly cost.

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