Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rent this: Last Of The Mochicans

Released in 1992, this film has not aged one bit. In fact it seems to get better as the years go by. I wouldn't claim that it's a classic, but it is a very good movie in that classic sensibility.
Many people are already familiar with James Fenimore Cooper's original novel, so there really isn't any need to go through a big synopsis about the film only to say, it's an entertaining piece of period drama, well casted with Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe, Russell Means, Wes Studi, Eric Schweig, Jodhi May, Steve Waddington, Peter Postlethwaite, Colm Meany, Dylan Baker and Maurice Roeves.
The film in terms of technical aspects are very impressive. From Robert Guerra's art direction with North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains substituting for 1757 upstate New York and the cinematography capturing those landscapes and range by DP Dante Spinotti are nothing short of beautiful. How it didn't recieve an Oscar nomination for cinematography is pretty mind blowing. The film did win it's only Oscar nomiantion for Best Sound, but the lack of Oscar nominations should not sway a viewer in revisitng this film. It has a little bit of everything; period, action, drama, impressive dialogue and even romance with a job well done regarding authenticy in costume design by Oscar winner Elisa Zamparelli. Very good film.


kevin b said...

Great flick !

No Bad Movies said...

I totally agree with you Kevin. I actually own it.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !