The Last of the Mohicans
Recently, I have watched the movie The Last of the Mohicans (1992) directed by Michael Mann. The film is based on a famous novel written by an outstanding American writer J. F. Cooper. In fact, the book has become symbolic in the American culture since it captures the attention and respect of all generations. The book itself is a brilliant masterpiece with the accomplished characters, witty dialogues, diverse settings, and arresting plot. In fact, the same is also true in relation to the iconic movie, which has found affection and respect of both viewers and critics. However, the movie bears a little resemblance with a book focusing on the new aspects of a traditional story and revealing some of its undiscovered elements.
To start with, a positive appreciation of a movie is based on its clear structure, well-organized scenes, amazing soundtracks, and comprehensive dialogues. The entire movie lasts for about two hours, which may be too much to capture the attention of viewers and maintain it on a high level. Nevertheless, the film does not seem tedious or uninteresting. The plot develops dynamically, and the scenes are not overloaded with extensive dialogues. At the same time, it does not lack the needed intrigue, which increases the audience’s interest and expectations.
I also liked the splendid backgrounds, amazing play of actors and thoroughly prepared costumes. The viewers have all opportunities to immerse into the 18th century America and feel the tension of war between the the French and Indians. The director has perfectly rendered the historical mood of the movie, choosing the original settings and enriching the picture with the bright costumes and makeups. From this standpoint, the film represents a special value for the comprehension of the American history and ethnical conflicts and contradictions. The other advantage of the movie is in casting. The actors have fully transmitted the atmosphere of the 18th century as well as the relations between different social and national groups.
I have already mentioned that the movie considerably differs from the book it is based on. Thus, it pays a great attention to the development of the romantic relationships between the main characters. While the book does not stress on this theme, almost the entire film focuses on the topic of love and affection. Obviously, it is not a drawback of the film. It merely reveals a conventional story in a different way adapting it to the viewers’ preferences and interests. Nevertheless, I would like to observe greater similarities with the book in order to maintain the original plot and idea.
Secondly, what surprised me a lot is that Indians do not play a great role in the development of the film’s plot. In the original book, Indians serve as nearly the major characters, which are described as great warriors, noble judges, and intellectual advisors. However, the movie depicts Indians only slightly, dwelling mainly on the principal storyline. In my opinion, the director should not have neglected this important aspect and involved more scenes, revealing the life and actions of Indians.
Overall, I was highly satisfied watching this movie. Despite its minor drawbacks, it serves as a bright example of the American cinematography and incomparable attempt to depict the prominent periods of the American history. The accomplished plot and amusing roles did not leave the viewers bored or uninterested. The movie vividly tells an old story adjusting it to the modern demands and requirements of the public. Nevertheless, fashionable variations have not spoiled the original text and main idea. On the contrary, a new story appeals to all viewers as it reveals many important themes and subjects.
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