So that The Wedding Singer wasn’t along in the Retro Review section, I decided to write a quick write up for one of my favorite movies of all time. Daniel Day Lewis stars in this movie as Hawkeye, the adopted son of Chingachgook, the chief of the Mohican tribe. To prepare for the role, Daniel Day Lewis spend 6 months adding muscle and lived in the woods during filming to get into character. Hawkeye and his family are drawn into the political turmoil surrounding the French-Indian war in the American colonies.

If you haven’t seen it, this trailer gives a pretty good taste for the film.

It’s a war movie, a love story, a political movie, a revenge movie and movie about devotion to family. It is still widely regarded for it’s score and cinematography and is in my personal top 10. I have no idea why it’s rated R. Although it is violent in nature because it’s about a war, it is tame by today’s standards and has no nudity or swearing. I assume they pushed to get the R rating to be taken seriously for Oscar consideration. The movie has great actors, great war sequences, and some great characters. And not to beat a dead horse but the score and cinematography are amazing. I think someone could thoroughly enjoy the movie for just those 2 elements alone.

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“Did we just wrap one of the great movies of all time? Yes, I think we did.”

From lightly researching the topic, it seems this movie is very different from the book. They took the story and adapted it to tell a more historically accurate and less racist story.

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Hawkeye is a sharp shooter and plays it cool. Therefore he is irresistible to a proper British aristocrat.

Magua, the antagonist of this movie, is just spectactular. Haunting, powerful, ambitious, cold.

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When the Grey Hair is dead, Magua will eat his heart. Before he dies, Magua will put his children under the knife, so the Grey Hair will know his seed is wiped out forever.

The 5 minutes building up to this final confrontation are among the most epic sequences I have ever seen. So well put together!

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The final showdown

An all time great film.

 

Final Verdict: “Amazing”

DVD: There are several very different versions. You want the Directors Definitive Cut on Blu-Ray

RT Audience Score: 88

CinemaScore: A

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