a fantastic film. a solid concept and good characters although one dimensional for the most part. the execution was, at times, a bit clumsy, but overall the themes of the story were so effective, well thought out, and truthfully cynical.
the first of the 3 films in this trilogy is exceptional. great story and character development, and awe inspiring landscapes. although embellished and told out of order to musashi's life, the story is compelling and still lets us in on the legend and psychology of the greatest swordsman in japanese history.
what a great film this was. if im honest, the apes movies do not appeal to me. it's just not a story i can really get into. but it has to be admitted that this is an excellent film, much better than its predecessor. the characterizations, script, and acting are all spot on.
i have a hard time grading this film. for the most part, it's on par with the first two, although i am grading this one a bit lower. gibson was fantastic as the villain, really the best of the series. every time he was on screen it was easy to see the quality of his acting in comparison his co-starsl they all looked a bit pedestrian. however, although the addition of the younger stars added an interesting element of change to method, i think it was a bad decision. so much time was spent recruiting the new team that the actual story was essentially non-existent. so much more could have been done with the characters that fans of the series care about, but they were all relegated to more simple tropes than even earlier in the series (which is a bad sign considering the films have never been good at creating characters anyway) that the film had a very generic feel. you could have substituted everyone for little green army men with no persona and no one would have noticed. the worst of the script problems was the handling of li's character. i get that he is busy and can't be that involved, but the way they handled his limited involvement was probably the biggest mistake they've made in the entire franchise. overall, watching gibson was great and the film was a lot of fun. however, although i'm a fan of the series, they're trying too hard to do something different, and it actually made the film even more stale. it may be time to stop with this one.